DC Emancipation Day Parade and Concert

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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April 14, 2022

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This Saturday, the DC Emancipation Day parade and concert is back! I hope you will join us on Freedom Plaza for an afternoon of music, food, fireworks, and fun.

We'll kick off the celebration with a parade at 2:00 p.m. and then the concert will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. 

DC Emancipation Day

Every year, DC Emancipation Day is a celebration of the people who fought to end slavery as well as those who continue to fight for full access to American democracy. This year, we look back on 160 years since April 16, 1862 when, eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, President Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, freeing over 3,100 enslaved Washingtonians. 

I hope to see you on Saturday, and you can learn more about this year's celebration at dcemancipationday.com.


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Tonight: All Night Fun at Deanwood Rec Center (7PM - Sunrise)

Late Night Hype

Tonight, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host its second Late Night Hype 2.0, a teen-focused experience starting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and ending Friday morning. The event will take place at Deanwood Rec Center (1350 49th Street NE).

The teen night will feature:

  • Live Band + DJ
  • 360-degree photo booth
  • Food
  • Indoor Pool Party
  • Games
  • Video Games
  • Recording Studio

Music and art performances/demonstrations will take place between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. After 11:00 p.m., the recreation center will remain open all night including the pool, open gym, and video games.

Additional details are available at latenighthype.splashthat.com.

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Get Free Naloxone (Narcan) by Texting LiveLongDC to 888-811

Free Narcan

Residents are reminded that they can text LiveLongDC to 888-811 to find free and deliverable Naloxone near you, no prescription or ID required. Naloxone is an easy to administer nasal spray that can save the life of a person experiencing an opioid-related overdose. 

Residents are also reminded that if you call 911 for someone experiencing an overdose, the law protects you and the person who needs treatment.

For help getting connected to substance use treatment, call 1-888-793-4357.

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Mayor Bowser's 2022 National Maternal and Infant Health Summit

Maternal and Infant Health Summit

Save the Date: Today, during Black Maternal Health Week, Mayor Bowser announced that this year’s National Maternal and Infant Health Summit will take place on Thursday, September 15.

Mayor Bowser launched the annual Maternal and Infant Health Summit in 2018 as an opportunity to bring together elected officials, health experts, and community members to have focused conversations regarding perinatal health and racial disparities in birth outcomes.

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Get Vaccinated & Boosted

COVID Centers

DC residents are reminded that COVID Centers are open in all eight wards. At all of the COVID Centers, residents have access to vaccinations, boosters, take-home rapid antigen tests, PCR tests, and KN95 masks. There is no appointment needed and all services and supplies are free. 

Find the days and hours of the COVID Centers HERE

Residents are also reminded that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending a second booster dose for individuals 50 and older, as well as certain individuals who are immunocompromised and at higher risk for severe COVID-19.

Eligible individuals who received their initial booster dose of either the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on or before December 14, 2021, can now receive a second booster of either vaccine. 

Additionally, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on or before December 14, 2021 may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine.

There are four easy ways to get your vaccine or booster in DC:

  • Visit a walk-up vaccine clinic or COVID Center. 
  • Make an at-home vaccination appointment by calling 1-855-363-0333.
  • Make an appointment with your health care provider.
  • Find other opportunities to get vaccinated by visiting vaccines.gov.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and COVID Center hours and locations, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

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