Earlier today on Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

If you can’t, then be sure to read Joe Heim’s Style section fronter on two D.C. memorials that “tell vastly different stories about the Civil War, African Americans and their journey to freedom” — the Lincoln Park Emancipation Memorial and the African American Civil War Memorial.

And, after the jump, check out today’s festivities in pictures and tweets.