Emancipation Day in USA in 2021

Emancipation Day in USA in 2021

  Dates of Emancipation Day in USA
2022 District of Columbia Fri, Apr 15 Government Holiday
2021 District of Columbia Fri, Apr 16 Government Holiday
2020 District of Columbia Thu, Apr 16 Government Holiday
2019 District of Columbia Tue, Apr 16 Government Holiday
2018 District of Columbia Mon, Apr 16 Government Holiday
  Summary
Washington DC Only. Weekday closest to April 16th. marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia
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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 April 16th.

History of Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day marks April 16th 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 April 15th. If April 16th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal and all state tax deadlines are moved to April 18th. If Emancipation Day falls on a Monday, the deadline is April 17th.

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 March 1st. It was changed to March 15th in 1918 and was only changed to the current date of April 15th in 1955.

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