Emancipation Day in District of Columbia in 2020

Emancipation Day in District of Columbia in 2020
  How long until Emancipation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 149 days.
  Dates of Emancipation Day in District of Columbia
2021 Fri, Apr 16Government Holiday
2020 Thu, Apr 16Government Holiday
2019 Tue, Apr 16Government Holiday
2018 Mon, Apr 16Government Holiday
2017 Mon, Apr 17Government Holiday
  Summary
Washington DC Only. Weekday closest to April 16. marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia

When is Emancipation Day?

Emancipation Day is a regional government holiday observed in Washington D.C., USA.

Emancipation Day is celebrated on the weekday nearest 16th April.

History of Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day marks 16 April 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act.

The Act freed over 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia eight months before President Lincoln issued his broader Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act means the District has the distinction of being the only part of the United States to have compensated slave owners for freeing enslaved persons they held.

It has been an official public holiday in the District since 2005.

A Taxing Holiday

The holiday is notable beyond Washington as the date can affect the Internal Revenue Service's due date for tax returns for all Americans. The deadline is usually 15th April. If 16th April falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal and all state tax deadlines are moved to 18th April. If Emancipation Day falls on a Monday, the deadline is 17th April.

It is often said there are only two certainties in life - death and taxes. That may be true but the deadline for the latter hasn't always been a certainty. In February 1913, the 16th Amendment gave Congress the legal authority to tax the income of the people, establishing the individual income tax. The original deadline was 1st March. It was changed to 15th March in 1918 and was only changed to the current date of 15th April in 1955.

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