DC EMANCIPATION DAY PARADE | 11amJoin thousands of attendees for the Parade on Pennsylvania featuring an impressive array of U.S. Armed Forces units and bands, grand historic balloons, DC neighborhood groups and more!
PANEL DISCUSSION | 12:30 - 3:30PMA star-studded lunch discussion on community, race, justice and trending topics with moderator Jeff Johnson and panelists: Malik Yoba, Jeffrey Wright, Mali Music and Dr. Julianne Malveaux!
FREEDOM PLAZA | 4:30pmJoin eventgoers for a free concert featuring Eric Benet, Maysa, Mali Music, Doug E. Fresh, Black Alley Band, Familiar Faces and Brian Lenair.. and of course.. there's fireworks after!
POST CONCERT DISPLAY | 8:45PMCatch the impressive annual "Must-See" fireworks display, sure to light up the night's sky in celebration of DC Emancipation Day. Fireworks end promptly at 9:15pm so be sure not to miss!
Celebrity Lunch PanelJoin an enlightened discussion with national figuresmenu
Enjoy the Parade and FestivitiesFood + drinks, live parade, fireworks and more
Awesome Concert PerformancesCatch the free concert live from Freedom Plazamenu
Emancipation Day Fireworks DisplayWatch fireworks light up the night after the concert
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About DC Emancipation DayApril 16 2015
April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South.