2018: the Year of the Anacostia!

The Year of the Anacostia is a yearlong invitation to celebrate our River, parks and communities, honor our history and envision our future. 

2018 is going to be a big year for the Anacostia River corridor! Next year will include important anniversaries and milestones for the river, the parks and the neighborhoods near the waterfront. Recognizing this momentum, the DC Council introduced a resolution to declare 2018 as “The Year of the Anacostia.” We invite you and your neighbors to participate in the #yearoftheanacostia

2018: a year of anniversaries and milestones

Here are some of the big things happening next year:

  • 100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park on the waterfront (August 31)
  • 200th Birthday of Frederick Douglass: the “Lion of the Anacostia” (February)
  • The completion of the Anacostia River Tunnel Project, which will significantly reduce sewage flowing into the river (mid-year)
  • The Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Nationals Park (July)
  • 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act (October 2nd)
  • Completion of several plans for cleaning up contaminated sites along the river 

Do you know of other anniversaries, milestones, projects or stories that should be celebrated in 2018? Let us know!

Participate in a yearlong series of activities and events

Here's a sneak peak at a calendar of events currently being planned: 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in Anacostia Park - January 15, 2018
  • Frederick Douglass Birthday Weekend, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site - February 17-18, 2018
  • Anacostia River Festival, Anacostia Park - April 15, 2018
  • Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, Nationals Park - July 17, 2018

Stay tuned for more events, and get invitations when more details come out:


How will you celebrate the #yearoftheanacostia? Join the conversation

Use the hashtag #yearoftheanacostia to join the conversation:

The #YearoftheAnacostia is an invitation to you: how will you #celebrateyourriver, your parks and your community? How will you #honoryourhistory? How will you #envisionyourfuture?

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