152nd Anniversary of DC Emancipation Day

  • When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Freedom Plaza,The John A. Wilson Building, etc.
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit2: Not available
  • Categories: Outdoors

Washington DC and CENTRIC Team Up to Celebrate 152nd Anniversary of DC Emancipation Day with Annual Parade and Free Concert at Freedom Plaza

Engaging the Community: There will be Multiple Celebrations, including a Large Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, Emancipation Day Panel at Lincoln Theatre, Educational Seminars and Workshops in John A. Wilson Building, Music Concert at Freedom Plaza, and Post-Concert Fireworks Finale

The District of Columbia and CENTRIC, a BET Network, are gearing up for the third annual DC Emancipation Day celebration with kick-off activities beginning April 13th, 2014 and multiple day-of festivities on Wednesday,April 16th, 2014. This year’s celebration marks the 152nd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, which made the nation’s capital the first to end slavery. Through this legislation, and the courage and struggles of those who fought to see the bill turned into law; the District of Columbia has commemorated every April 16th as DC Emancipation Day.

The week starts with the Emancipation Day Panel; a celebrity town hall-style discussion held at Lincoln Theatre and free to the public on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 6pm. On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, DC Emancipation Day celebrations begin at 11:00am with a festive parade boasting more than 40 participating groups, including numerous DC high school and college marching bands, the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp and Color Guard, The 54th Voluntary Infantry Regiment, the UniverSOUL Circus and much more. The festivities continue with an Open House at the legislative headquarters of the DC Government, the John A. Wilson Building. Creative Educational Seminars and Workshops will be held at the Open House from 2pm to 5pm. The official DC Emancipation Day Concert, “Message in the Music,” will begin at 4pm at Freedom Plaza and feature Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn, Arrested Development, MC Lyte, and many more artists. The full day of celebrations will end with an impressive Fireworks Finale over Freedom Plaza, beginning at 8:30pm. Details of Emancipation Day events are outlined below, as well as at: http://www.emancipationdc.com/
All Emancipation Day DC events are free and open to the public.