DC residents will have the opportunity to see the brand new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial before it’s officially dedicated in West Potomac Park on August 28. A Wednesday morning press conference revealed that residents will have access to tens of thousands of tickets to a D.C. Residents Day at the memorial on August 23.

General admission tickets to the official ceremony have long since been taken, but DC’s website and MLK Library will offer tickets to the special event after August 18. To pay homage, the district will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy for a week, ending with the official dedication. City officials estimate roughly 250,000 people will journey to D.C. to celebrate.

The new 28-foot memorial was crafted by Chinese sculptor Lei Yi Xin, and apparently done from memory. That’s nothing short of remarkable. The memorial will be open to the public on August 22 at 11 a.m., and below is a schedule of when you can view it during the Week of Dedication.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Located at the intersection of West Basin Drive SW and Independence Avenue SW
Monday, August 22, 2011, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

[via DCist]