August 28: Let Freedom Ring Ceremony

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The President will deliver remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on August 28 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The events will begin with The Official Interfaith Prayer Service at 9 a.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C. The Rev. Bernice King will be presiding. Tickets are required. The event lasts until 10:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony will begin at the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama will speak in the same spot Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech 50 years ago on August 28, 1963. Other keynote speakers include former President Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. 

Singer BeBe Winans, along with brothers Marvin and Carvin, singer, musician and Minister Wintley Phipps, singer LeAnn Rimes, singer Natalie Grant,  girl group Identity4Pop and folk singers Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, who performed at the March in 1963, are all scheduled to perform at the event.

The bell-ringing ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. The event is scheduled to end at 4 p.m.

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United States Park Police will will keep visitors coming to celebrate the event informed of emergency notifications or event information by web, e-mail, and cell phone. Park police say the public may subscribe to receive emergency alerts, advisories, and event related information by texting the keyword "mlk50th" to 888777. The public may also subscribe to email notifications or web postings by registering and subscribing online at


Lincoln Memorial:

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin:

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These NPS sites will be closed beginning 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 28 until the end of the event expected to be around 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
World War II Memorial
DC War Memorial
The following road closures will go into effect at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday August 28th for U.S. Park Police primary jurisdiction. (See attached map)
Road closures will include pedestrian closures at each closure site. Commercial vehicles will not be permitted on Constitution Avenue between 1:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Arlington Memorial Circle will remain open, however, Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed
F Street traffic will be allowed to access the northbound lanes of the Rock Creek Parkway to eastbound Virginia Avenue
Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Parkway Drive - It is recommended that drivers utilize Connecticut Avenue or 16th Street as an alternate route  
Parkway Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Lincoln Memorial Circle
Independence Avenue from 15th Street to 23rd Street
Ohio Drive from Inlet bridge to Parkway Drive, including the A, B and C parking lots
Theodore Roosevelt Bridge will remain open, however users of the Ohio Drive exit will be forced to U-turn north onto the Potomac Freeway
Maine Avenue from 15th Street to Independence Avenue,  including Tidal Basin parking lot
North and Southbound lanes of 17th Street between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue
Daniel French Drive 
23rd Street from Independence Ave to Constitution Ave
Henry Bacon Drive 
In addition the NPS roads closed above - the Metropolitan Police Department will be closing the following streets beginning at 3:00 am and should reopen by 6:30 pm (Note, these are not indicated in attached map)
Westbound ramp from I395 to Maine Avenue, SW-All traffic will be diverted to the 12th Street Tunnel
Ramp from 9th Street tunnel to westbound Maine Avenue, SW-all traffic will be diverted to outbound I395
200 block Maiden Lane merge with Maine Avenue, SW-all traffic will be diverted to northbound 14th Street, SW
Southbound Potomac River Freeway and ramp to Independence Avenue-traffic will be diverted to the outbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge 
Ramp from eastbound Teddy Roosevelt Bridge to Independence Avenue NW
 No parking restriction signs have been posted on Constitution Avenue from 17th Street to 23rd Street on the north and south side of the street. 
 A modified traffic change will be in effect for the AM rush hour.  All traffic changes on Rock Creek Parkway from Shoreham Hill to Virginia Avenue will be made in accordance with the Guideline Manual for traffic changes in the Washington Metropolitan area.  All traffic from southbound Rock Creek Parkway will be forced to eastbound Virginia Avenue.

 The PM traffic change will be made at the conclusion of the event.


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