D.C. traffic rules adjust to Wednesday holiday

[4 p.m. update.] Mike DeBonis reports that the D.C. Emancipation Day parade is back on track and scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The parade along Pennsylvania Avenue NW begins at Fourth Street and continues west to Freedom Plaza, wrapping up around 2 p.m.

D.C. police announced some street closings and warned about midday traffic congestion downtown.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed between Third and 14th streets from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Constitution Avenue will be closed for parade staging around Ninth Street from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m..
  • Pennsylvania Avenue and nearby streets will be closed between 12th and 14th streets from about 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the festival and fireworks that follow the parade.
  • E Street will be closed between 13th and 14th streets from about 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. for Emancipation Day Festival vendors.
  • 12th Street will also be closed between E Street and Constitution Avenue from about 8:30 p.m.m to 9:45 p.m. for the fireworks.

[Original post.]
The Post’s Mike DeBonis is following the financial dispute that will determine whether a parade can proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue NW, but this much is definite: Wednesday is D.C. Emancipation Day, a holiday in the District celebrating the 1862 date on which President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in the nation’s capital.

D.C. parking meters
D.C. parking meter rules will be suspended Wednesday. (Michael Williamson/ The Washington Post)

Commuters may notice that rush hour traffic is somewhat lighter, because many D.C. government workers have the day off. Since it’s not a holiday for federal workers or most private employees, all the normal rush hour traffic rules and parking restrictions will be in effect. That includes the reversible lanes on commuter routes.

But other parking regulations, including rules governing street parking meters, residential parking and street sweeping, will be suspended for the holiday. The Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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