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Emancipation Day to Bring Closures, Special Events

by Andrew Ramonas — April 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm 0

Emancipation Day (Photo via Facebook/Emancipation Day)D.C. libraries, recreation centers and other District buildings will close Thursday for Emancipation Day.

Parking meters and most parking restrictions also will not be enforced, except along the H Street streetcar line and around Nationals Park.

Trash and recycling collection will be pushed to the following day, too.

Metro trains and buses will run on a normal weekday schedule.

The holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in D.C., will include a fireworks display, parade and other events around the District.

On Capitol Hill, the Hill Center will celebrate the holiday with music and speakers honoring African Americans. More than a dozen poets and scholars will discuss black history and culture at the center from Thursday to Sunday as part of its Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration. Drummond, a black Navy veteran, in 1866 was the first patient of the Civil War Naval Hospital, now the home of the Hill Center.

Photo via Facebook/Emancipation Day

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