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Emancipation Day means parking changes in D.C.

WASHINGTON – Tuesday is Emancipation Day in the District, and that means there are some changes to typical weekday parking rules.

The District Department of Transportation says that roads with reversible lanes like Connecticut Avenue, 16th Street NW, Independence Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway will all operate with their typical weekday alignments.

Rush hour parking restrictions on other roads will also be enforced.

D.C.’s Department of Public Works says all other parking regulations are suspended Tuesday. That means drivers do not have to feed parking meters or worry about sweet sweeping or residential parking rules.

With the Emancipation Day Parade and Festival scheduled at Freedom Plaza, roads will be closed throughout the area.

The following streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.:

  • E Street NW from 14th to 13th streets NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 14th to 12th streets NW
  • 13th Street NW from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Constitution Avenue NW from 9th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue SW

The following streets will be closed from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th Street to 3rd Street NW
  • All streets crossing Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th to 4th Street will be closed between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW

There is also no trash collection in D.C. Tuesday:

  • In once-a-week trash and recycling collection neighborhoods, Monday’s collections will follow the regular schedule, while Tuesday’s collections will “slide” to Wednesday and Wednesday’s collections will be made Thursday and so on.
  • In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s collections will follow the regular schedule while Thursday’s collections will slide to Friday. Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.

Celebrated each year on April 16, D.C. Emancipation Day marks the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Act that freed about 3,000 slaves living within the District’s boundaries.

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