WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Several roads in northwest Washington will be closing for a parade and fireworks display in celebration of Emancipation Day.

Monday marks 150 years from the date President Abraham Lincoln signed the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862. The act freed some 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia. The 16th president signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in the South just over eight months later.

The Emancipation Day Parade in Washington will close Pennsylvania Avenue and surrounding streets between 3rd and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A fireworks display will also close 12th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Monday on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.

A festival is also scheduled for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Freedom Plaza.

Pay attention to traffic patterns and these announced road closures:

  • Constitution Avenue NW and the surrounding streets between Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW and neighboring streets between 12th and 14th streets NW
  • E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets NW
  • 12th Street NW between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW

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