Emancipation Day in the United States
Residents of Ohio commemorate the abolishment of slavery on Emancipation Day, which falls on September 22. Some other states have similar celebrations, but they fall on different dates.
What Do People Do?
Emancipation Day has been observed annually since 1863 in Gallia County in south-eastern Ohio, so this celebration is most widely known and usually attracts more than 2000 visitors from Ohio and the rest of the United States. Today's celebration includes concerts, historic re-enactments, food and a wide range of other activities.
Emancipation Day is not a public holiday in Ohio, but it is a state-wide observation. Offices, banks, businesses and schools are normally open, although this may vary in some cases.
On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation, which required all states to abandon slavery within 100 days. It declared all slaves “thenceforth and forever more free”. The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863.
The abolishment of slavery in the United States is celebrated on different dates in other parts of the country. For example, Texas commomorates the liberation of the last remaining slaves on Juneteenth, while residents of Washington DC celebrate Emancipation Day on April 16 each year, remembering the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862.
Emancipation Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Wed||Sep 22||2010||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Thu||Sep 22||2011||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Sat||Sep 22||2012||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Sun||Sep 22||2013||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Mon||Sep 22||2014||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Tue||Sep 22||2015||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Thu||Sep 22||2016||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Fri||Sep 22||2017||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Sat||Sep 22||2018||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Sun||Sep 22||2019||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
|Tue||Sep 22||2020||Emancipation Day||Local observance||Ohio|
Quick FactsEmancipation Day is a state-wide observation in Ohio on September 22.
Emancipation Day 2016Thursday, September 22, 2016 (local in Ohio)
Emancipation Day 2017Friday, September 22, 2017 (local in Ohio)
Name in other languages
|Día de la Emancipación||Spanish|
|Tag der Sklavenbefreiung (Emancipation Day)||German|
Other holidays in September 2016 in the United States
- Labor Day – Monday, September 5, 2016
- California Admission Day – Friday, September 9, 2016
- Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day – Saturday, September 10, 2016
- Patriot Day – Sunday, September 11, 2016
- Eid al-Adha – Tuesday, September 13, 2016
- Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – Friday, September 16, 2016
- Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – Saturday, September 17, 2016
- Air Force Birthday – Sunday, September 18, 2016
- Native Americans' Day – Friday, September 23, 2016
- Gold Star Mother's Day – Sunday, September 25, 2016