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 other trending topics with Daniel Day Lewis, Jeffrey Wright, Tommy Lee Jones, Mali Music, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
FREEDOM PLAZA | 4:30pmGood times ahead. Join eventgoers for a free live concert from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. The concert features performances by Eric Benet, Mali Music, Doug E. Fresh, Black Alley Band and Brian Lenair
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!
LIVE SELMA SCREENING | 9:30PMWatch SELMA, the award winning movie, which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for equal voting rights for all Americans, via the transformational march for equality
Emancipation Day Celeb PanelJoin an enlightened discussion with national figuresmenu
Enjoy the Parade and FestivitiesFood + drinks, live parade, fireworks and more
Awesome Live PerformancesCatch the popular free concert live at Freedom Plazamenu
Emancipation Day Fireworks DisplayWatch fireworks light up the night after the concert
Selma Movie ScreeningWatch the award-winning movie at Freedom Plaza
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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.