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Modified Holiday Schedule for Select District Services

Friday, April 13, 2018

(Washington, DC) The District of Columbia Government offices will be closed on Emancipation Day (Monday, April 16, 2018). Below is information regarding critical, on-going District operations for these days:

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend sanitation services and most parking enforcement. These services will resume on Tuesday, April 17.

  • Trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week.
  • In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s and Thursday’s collections will slide to Tuesday and Friday. Tuesday’s and Friday’s collections will slide to Wednesday and Saturday.
  • The Fort Totten transfer station will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.

Streetcar parking enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, e.g., Emancipation Day, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. On Sundays and holidays, streetcar parking enforcement is between 8 am and 11 pm. Enforcement on Mondays—Thursdays is 6 am to midnight; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 am and 2 am. Normal enforcement citywide of other parking violations resumes April 17.

All DC Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) locations will be closed:

  • Saturday, April 14
  • Monday, April 16

Customers visiting a DMV Service Center on other days are encouraged to plan ahead and “Know Before You Go” for services requiring an in-person visit, as customer volume is high before and after a holiday closing. To check customer volume at a specific center, residents can check the service center’s webcams which are refreshed every 60 seconds during normal business hours at Additionally, DC DMV has more than 55 online services at that enable customers to skip the in-person trip.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that some rush-hour lane operations will be impacted by the Emancipation Day holiday, Monday, April 16, 2018.

There will be no reversible lane operations on the following roadways:

  • Connecticut Avenue NW, between Legation Street and Woodley Road
  • 16th Street NW, between Arkansas Avenue and Irving Street

Drivers should anticipate congestion on the inbound lanes during the morning rush and the outbound lanes during the evening rush hours. DDOT will run reversible lane operations on the following roadways:

  • Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road NW
  • Independence Avenue between 4th Street SW, and 2nd Street SE
  • Rock Creek Parkway (controlled by the National Park Service)

Work Suspension

In observance of DC Emancipation Day, there will be a suspension of work in the District Monday, April 16, 2018. Lane closures will not be allowed for non-emergency work in roadways and sidewalks within the District’s right of way. This includes manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Approved activities may resume Tuesday, April 17, 2018, during permitted work hours.

All DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities will be closed on Monday, April 16.

  • The permits office will be closed on these dates.
  • All athletic fields, parks, playgrounds, and park sites will be open for general use.
  • Previously permitted outdoor events can take place as scheduled.

Most DC Public Libraries will be closed except for the following which will be open from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Ward 1 – Mt. Pleasant

Ward 2 – West End Library

Ward 3 – Tenley-Friendship

Ward 4 – Petworth

Ward 5 – Woodridge

Ward 6 – Shaw (Watha T. Daniel)

Ward 7 – Benning (Dorothy I. Height)

Ward 8 – Anacostia

Residents needing Department of Human Services (DHS) assistance can dial the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 for questions or to arrange transportation.

  • Low-Barrier shelters for individuals operate year-round and will be open 5 PM to 9 AM on Monday, April 16. If a Hypothermia Alert is issued, all shelters are open all day and will remain open during the extent of the Hypothermia Alert.
    • Men
      • New York Avenue Shelter at 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE
      • 801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
      • Adams Place Shelter 2210 Adams Place, NE
      • Community for Creative Non Violence (CCNV) 425 Second Street, NW, Drop In Center (Open only during Hypothermia Alert)
    • Women
      • Nativity Shelter at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW (Opens at 7 PM)
      • Harriet Tubman, DC General Building at 27 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
      • Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW
      • Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW, Drop In Center (Open only during Hypothermia Alert)
  • Hypothermia Shelters are open from 7 pm to 7 am anytime a Hypothermia Alert is called, except in recreation centers, where, due to previously scheduled programming, the shelter opens at 9 pm
    • Men
      • Sacred Heart Church at 16th Street and Park Road, NW
      • Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) at 425 Second Street, NW
      • Salvation Army at 3335 Sherman Ave NW
      • Banneker Recreation Center at 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW (Monday - Friday; 9 PM - 7 AM)
      • Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street NW (Monday - Friday; 9 PM - 7 AM)
    • Women
      • New Covenant Baptist at 1301 W Street, SE
      • Sherwood Recreation Center at 640 10th St, NE (Monday - Friday; 9 PM - 7 AM)
      • Community of Christ at 3526 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Families seeking emergency shelter can call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night. When the DC Government is open, families may also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday - Thursday between 8 am and 4:30 pm and Friday between 8 am and 12:30 pm.