DC Emancipation Day Activities Saturday – Parade, Truck Touch, Concert and Fireworks!

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1867 – which freed 3,185 slaves in Washington, DC.

Mayor Bowser has proclaimed the theme for this year’s Emancipation Day as Championing Full Democracy for the residents of Washington, DC.”

Emancipation Day Parade

WHEN: Saturday, April 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
WHERE: Parade route starts at 800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and ends at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Emancipation Day Truck Touch

WHEN: Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 pm
WHERE: 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Emancipation Day Concert

WHEN: Saturday, April 16; Concert begins at 2:45 pm, Fireworks start approximately at 9 pm after the concert
WHERE: Freedom Plaza, 1355 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

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  • “Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1867 – which freed 3,185 slaves in Washington, DC.”

    Impressive that he did that from beyond the grave.

  • The Mayor’s proclamation has the date correct — 1862. Don’t know how this turned into 1867 here.

  • Nary a white Washingtonian at the Emancipation day celebration. Shame. The day is not just for Black Washingtonians but a celebration for all and a call to Congress to give us our vote. Talk about a tale of two cities where the white Washingtonians have no idea or connection to some of the rich culture of the city. We’ll just go back over to the east of the river. You’ll need us when you want your vote Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6.

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