Bars Stay Open an Hour Later Tonight – Happy Emancipation Day!

As a result of DC’s celebration of Emancipation Day on Friday bars “may remain open one extra hour and sell and serve alcoholic beverages on the night before District of Columbia and federal holidays.”

Have fun but be safe.

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  • For those of you ladies looking for something fun to do tonight, the H Street Corridor 2010 Vagina Monologues cast is throwing an educational and erotic happy hour at Josephine’s to raise money for HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive). The happy hour is from 8-10pm and will involve a sex toy party, strip pole lessons, and burlesque floor demonstrations!

  • ah

    But that means one less hour of sleep to get rid of the hangover before work tomorrow.

    This has to be one of the more ridiculous holidays, not because it’s not an important date–it is–but only the DC government celebrates it. And that means no parking enforcement, holiday traffic rules, and so forth on a day when *everybody* else works. It’s not like Columbus Day, Veterans Day, etc. (“lesser” federal holidays) when at least the federal government is closed, meaning a good portion of workers downtown.

    • Wrong (at least as far as the traffic patterns go, not sure about parking enforcement). From DDOT:

      ***TRAFFIC ADVISORY***

      Normal Traffic Patterns in Effect During Rush Hours on Friday, April 16

      (Washington, D.C.) – The District government will be closed on Friday, April 16 in celebration of Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day is not a federal holiday and as such normal rush hour traffic patterns will remain in effect. This means lane changes on 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, Canal Road NW, and Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill will be treated as normal rush hours. Motorists are advised to treat traffic patterns as they would on a normal weekday.

      • Parking enforcement will also be working the area around the Nats stadium, so be carefult if you are driving to the game and thinking about parking on the street.

  • …unless the bar you are going to has a “voluntary” agreement with their ANC (which one doesn’t?), in which case they won’t be open an hour later tonight b/c those agreements normally limit operating hours and those agreements prevail over the general DC law.

  • What’s that guy planning to do to Abe? Whatever it is, Abe seems to be on board.

    • saf

      That’s at Lincoln Park on the hill. Lincoln is freeing the slaves. That guy would be the representative of the freed.

  • I think that this statue, coupled with the one where Connecticut hits H, are is one of the most pervey we have. This doesn’t look like freeing a slave at all. It looks quite sexual.

    Beyond that, it’s really quite paternalistic and I’m shocked that nobody is offended.

  • Woo-hoo! Just called 311 to confirm that there will be no parking meter enforcement today except around Nats stadium.

  • Mandy–I always point out the Lincoln Park statue to friends as one of the more offensive statues i’ve ever seen. The emancipated slave basically looks like President Lincoln’s pet chimp or something. It really is quite shocking and paternalistic, but that is, i suppose, how many people view blacks.

  • for an art historical and academic analysis of the Freedman’s Memorial, read Kirk Savages “Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves”

    http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Soldiers-Kneeling-Slaves-Savage/dp/0691009473

  • I’m an old timer,and recall that on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Upshur,during the 50’s, there was Petworth Pharmacy, recognized as one of the most popular DC drug stores, including a busy soda fountain,where you could buy a cream cheese and olive sandwich, or a milk shake for 25 cents.

    Larry

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