Because of the pandemic, both Nationals Park and Capital One Arena became early voting centers.
Signs for local races and initiatives were everywhere.
The City Prepares
Plywood went up on many of the buildings downtown, with more guards but some of the stores remaining open.
White House Lockdown
High security fencing had been up around Lafayette Square for several weeks. On the day before the election, the security fencing was extended to a wide area, with a total perimeter of 1.75 miles – from 15th to 17th St. and H St. to Constitution Avenue.
Black Lives Matter Plaza was the main gathering place during the day while the polls were still open.
The crowds came to Black Lives Matter Plaza and McPherson Square to wait for election results, with Jumbotrons set up in both locations, and the Long Live Go-Go music truck energizing the crowd at McPherson.
Waiting for the Results – November 4-6
With the election results still uncertain, people congregated at Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The news of Biden’s victory came while D.C.’s representative Eleanor Holmes Norton was speaking to a rally at McPherson Square. As soon as the Jumbotron showed the news, she and the crowd burst into cheering
Reporters from all over the world set up to broadcast the news within view of the White House.
The celebration was intense all weekend, with crowds on Black Lives Matter Plaza and cars honking and cowbells ringing throughout the city.