D.C.’s Emancipation Day celebration will happen Sunday, with a full day of occasions scheduled at Freedom Plaza.

The D.C. Emancipation Day parade marches alongside within the downtown space on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

Each yr D.C. acknowledges April 16 as Emancipation Day, since on that day 162 years in the past, President Abraham Lincoln signed a invoice ending slavery within the District. But this yr, the festivities come two days early.

D.C.’s Emancipation Day celebration will happen Sunday, with a full day of occasions scheduled at Freedom Plaza. A parade begins at 2 p.m., a live performance headlined by Ginuwine and Kelly Price begins at 3 p.m., and a fireworks present beginning at 8:30 p.m. will put the exclamation level on the celebration.

With the occasion comes highway closures.

The following roads might be closed to site visitors and posted as emergency no parking Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue from twelfth Street to 14th Street, NW
  • E Street from thirteenth Street to 14th Street, NW
  • thirteenth Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The following roads might be closed to site visitors and posted as emergency no parking Sunday from 10 a.m. to three p.m.:

  • ninth Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from ninth Street to twelfth Street, NW
  • tenth Street from E Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • eleventh Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • twelfth Street from E Street to Constitution Avenue, NW

D.C. police mentioned all highway closures are topic to alter based mostly on site visitors circumstances, and directed anybody searching for well timed site visitors info to its D.C. Police Traffic page on the social media platform X.


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