April 16th marks Emancipation Day in Washington DC
On April 16, 1862, then President Abraham Lincoln signed the compensated emanicipation act which set free 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia nine months before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Emancipation day is a holiday in Washington DC therefore, schools, government offices and post office are closed.
There are a variety of Events in DC celebrating Emancipation day. For more spring events check out DC national cherry blossom festival kicks off spring.