Taxpayers nationwide will get three extra days to file their federal tax returns this year, thanks to Emancipation Day.

The District will observe Emancipation Day on April 15, which is a Friday. The Internal Revenue Service has decided to treat the local holiday like a federal holiday by extending the tax deadlines to Monday, April 18.

Emancipation Day celebrates the day President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill ending slavery in D.C.

Taxpayers who ask for an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their returns.