Ready for everything Lincoln? Washington, DC will host a citywide four-month celebration marking the Lincoln Bicentennial, (February 12, 2009 - Lincoln’s 200th Birthday) with more than 80 exhibitions, performances, lectures, and guided tours honoring Abraham Lincoln. Beginning January 1 and running through April 30, the nation’s capital will offer an impressive lineup of major events and commemorations of one of America’s best loved leaders.
Highlights of the Lincoln Bicentennial
- Throughout 2009 Washington, DC's cultural institutions will host Lincoln themed exhibits, live performances, lectures, and tours. Visitors will have extensive opportunities to explore the life and times of the nation's 16th president.
- February 12, 2009, Lincoln's Birthday Tribute and Wreath Laying
Lincoln Memorial, 8:00 a.m. A world-class concert and entertainment special, featuring nineteenth century popular and patriotic music performed by outstanding military bands.
- February 12, 2009 – Reopening of Ford’s Theatre
Ford’s Theatre Open House and Birthday Celebration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. An exciting day of speakers, performances and activities to celebrate President Lincoln's 200th Birthday and the reopening of Ford's Theatre after an extensive renovation. See a detailed schedule of events
- April 12, 2009 (Easter Sunday) Re-enactment of Marian Anderson's Easter Concert
Lincoln Memorial. In 1939, Anderson, a noted opera singer, was slated to perform at DAR Constitution Hall but her appearance was canceled when organizers learned that she was African-American. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for the concert to take place instead on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Seventy years later, acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will join the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission at the Memorial for a concert paying tribute to this civil rights pioneer. Graves will be joined by the Washington National Opera, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. Read more about the 2009 Marian Anderson Concert
- April 16, 2009 Emancipation Day
This official DC holiday honors the day in 1862 when Lincoln granted about 3,100 enslaved people in DC their freedom nine months before issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Lectures and performances take place in locations throughout the city.
- April 16-19, 2009 American Association of Lincoln Presenters
Washington DC will play host to dozens of Lincoln look-a-likes as the American Association of Lincoln Presenters holds its annual convention, with events at various locations throughout the area.
- May 30, 2009 Re-Dedication of the Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial, The National Park Service will replicate the format of the 1922 dedication, including special living history events for the whole family.