by Borderstan.com April 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

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Tuesday Emancicpation Day Celebration. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC’s Emancipation Day Parade and Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, and with the celebration comes street closures and changes to bus service stops.

The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation issued the following information regarding street closures.

Closed from 4 am until 11 pm, Tuesday, April 16: E Street NW from 14th to 13th streets, NW; Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 14th to 12th streets NW; and 13th Street NW from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Closed from 9 am until 2 pm, Tuesday, April 16: Constitution Avenue NW from 9th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue SW.

Closed from 10 am until 2 pm, Tuesday, April 16: Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th Street to 3rd Street NW; and all streets crossing Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th to 4th Street will be closed between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

City Services

It is an official holiday in DC, with schools and government offices closed. While regular parking regulations will not be enforced Tuesday, only rush hour restrictions, there will be no trash pick up on Monday. Rush hour parking restrictions will be enforced on Monday, April 16, from 7 to 9:30 am and from 4 to 6:30 pm. In addition, reversible lane operations will remain in effect during rush hours.

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by Borderstan.com April 15, 2012 at 5:30 am 0

Featured image: The Lincoln Memorial from Luis Gomez Photos.

DC will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Emancipation Day on April 16. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln freed all persons in slavery in DC — the first jurisdiction in the United States where slaves were freed. The act freed about 3,100 people in DC. Lincoln’s proclamation freeing slaves in the Confederate states did not occur until more than eight months later.

African, Civil, War, Memorial, U, Street, DC

DC Emancipation Day: There was a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday at the African American War Memorial at Vermont Avenue and U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Locally, there was a wreath-laying ceremony at the African American Civil War Memorial on Saturday. The memorial is at U Street and Vermont Avenue NW is  and is part of the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial; the museum is at 1925 Vermont Avenue, just south of U Street. The memorial opened in 1999 and honors the African American soldiers who fought with the Union Army in the Civil War. Check it out when you are on U Street; it is next to the U Street-Cardozo Metro Stop.

Emancipation Day Parade

The DC Emancipation Day Parade will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 13½th Streets. Time is 11 am to 2 pm. There will also be a festival and fireworks at Freedom Plaza, on E Street. The festival is from 11 am to 9 pm. There is also an Emancipation Day Scavenger Hunt scheduled.

City Services

It is an official holiday in DC, with schools and government offices closed. While regular parking and traffic regulations will remain in effect, there will be no trash pick up on Monday. Rush hour parking restrictions will be enforced on Monday, April 16, from 7 to 9:30 am and from 4 to 6:30 pm. In addition, reversible lane operations will remain in effect during rush hours.

by Borderstan.com April 16, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,269 0

U Street and Vermont Avenue NW: There was a wreath-laying ceremony yesterday at the African American Civil War Memorial to mark DC Emancipation Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today is Emancipation Day in Washington, DC. On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an emancipation proclamation that freed 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia. This proclamation came five months before Lincoln’s more famous Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the states of the Confederacy. April 16 became an official DC holiday in 2005.

The DC government website has a full listing of Emancipation Day events. Busboys & Poets at 14th and V NW has a program at 4 p.m. today, “2010 Emancipation Day Celebration: DC Almost 150 Years Later.” The event is co-sponsored by Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC).

The African American Civil War Memorial at U Street and Vermont Avenue NW is a lovely–and too often overlooked–memorial here in the neighborhood. It opened in 1999 and honors the African American soldiers who fought with the Union Army in the Civil War. Check it out when you are on U Street; it is next to the U Street-Cardozo Metro Stop.

Regarding city services: The city is picking up trash and recyclables today even though the DC Government is closed. Parking enforcement is suspended except for the area around Nationals Park. However, normal workday traffic patterns are in effect.

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