Watch Night Service Sites

Watch Night 

In America’s African descent community, Watch Night began on December 31, 1862.  It was and is a religious service in which they prayed for and watched for the coming of God’s deliverance.  The sign of that deliverance came on January 1, 1863 in Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  Join us in the 150th anniversary observation of this important American tradition. Visit a Watch Night Site in celebration of this occasion.

Read The Tradition of Watch Night.

All Watch Night Services are held on December 31, 2012
StateWatch Night Site
California California State Capital 
10th Street and Capital Mall Room 126
12:00 Noon 

Freedom's Eve 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation.  
District of Columbia  National Mall and Memorial Parks 
National Mall, President's Park and Rock Creek Parks 
10:00 AM to 12:00 AM 

The National Park Service Mall and Memorial Parks will be commemorating "Freedom's Eve," with children's activities, historical performances and talks from 10:00am to 12:00am.  Night Watch celebration begins at 11:00pm and is free to the public.  


Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC
10:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Please come and enjoy music, prayers and the word while bringing in the new year. 


Metropolitan AME
1518 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
10:30 pm

Please join us. 

New York Avenue Church of God
711 North New York Avnue

Mississippi    Natchez Museum of African American History & Culture
301 Main Street, Natchez, MS 39120
(601) 445-0728
6:00 PM

We will be commemorating "Freedom's Eve" with a concert of spirituals that were sung by the enslaved during their quest for freedom, and the songs of jubilee that were heard on New Year's Eve 1862; performed by an inter-denominational choir.  
New YorkWillis Avenue UMC
401 E. 141 Street, Bronx NY
10:00 PM-12AM

OklahomaBethlehem Baptist Church
311 North Dunbar, Paul's Valley Oklahoma
10pm - Midnight
Phone number:(405) 238-5818

Pastor Michael Eaton
South Carolina Tabernacle Baptist Church
911 Craven Street, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902
10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Tabernacle Baptist Church, Watch Night Service January 31, 10:pm-12:00 Emancipation Day Service and Feast Tabernacle Baptist Church 911 Craven Street, Beaufort, South Carolina Beginning at 10:00am Speaker, Dr. Bernard Powers, Professor of History and Interim Chair College of Charleston.
TexasHeaven's Journey Fellowship Church (Wylie, TX)
701 N. Highway 78 Unit H

Watch Night Service Spoken Word: Minister Anthony Walker
VirginiaThe Falls Church Episcopal
115 E. Fairfax Street Falls Church, VA 22046
7:00 PM-8:00 PM

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Join the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration Committee, the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the City of Falls Church in a celebration to honor the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  See and hear costumed interpreters portraying abolitionists and free and enslaved people of color living Falls Church residents in 1862.  Hear the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, enjoy musical selections by the award winning Second Baptist Choir! Afterwards enjoy hot chocolate and outside a warm fire! 


Corner Stone Christian Center
419 Walker Ave Norfolk, VA 23523

Read The Tradition of Watch Night.