On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Passage of this law came 8-1/2 months before President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. The District of Columbia government celebrates Emancipation Day each year on April 16.
Numerous events are planned, including a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Parking: The Department of Public Works will enforce morning, afternoon rush hour restrictions.
Other parking regulations, including expired meters, residential parking and street sweeping, will be suspended for the holiday.
Recycling and trash pickup: Sanitation services suspended for the holiday will resume Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
In once-a-week trash and recycling collection neighborhoods collections will "slide" to the next day, so Monday's collections will be made Tuesday, Tuesday's collections will be made Wednesday and so on.
In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday and Thursday collections will "slide" to Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.
Street sweeping will be suspended Monday and resume Tuesday, April 17.
The Ft. Totten Transfer Station will be closed Monday, April 16 and reopen Tuesday, April 17 to residents between 1 pm and 5 pm.
For more information contact Kevin B. Twine, Staff Assistant, Office Of The Director Department of Public Works, 2000 14th Street, NW, 6th Floor Washington, DC 20009; Phone: 202-671-2593; DPW Main: 202-673-6833; Fax: 202-671-0642; Kevin.Twine@dc.gov