Organized by Unite the Right - the same white supremacist network that called last year's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia - Sunday's rally will once again see the extremists stand face-to-face with anti-fascists, who are staging a counter protest in the same area.
White nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville previous year, billing it as a protest over the removal of a statue honoring a commander of the Confederate Army, the losing side in the U.S. Civil War.
On Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, D, declared a state of emergency, allowing officials to marshal resources to prepare for the potential impact of events in and around Charlottesville and northern Virginia.
Last year's protests in Charlottesville began August 11 and saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by rifle-carrying men, yelling white nationalist slogans while wielding flaming torches in scenes eerily reminiscent of racist rallies held in America's South before the Civil Rights movement.
Law enforcement and D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday touting lessons learned from past year and patrolling other controversial demonstrations.
A few hours later, police say 21-year-old rally participant James Alex Fields, Jr. drove a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. That weekend, two Virginia State troopers were also killed as their helicopter crashed into a nearby forests. He said then that there were "very fine people, on both sides", and later, "blame on both sides".
The company canceled accounts and bookings ahead of the original "Unite the Right" rally, which occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017.
On Sunday, thousands of counter-protesters are slated to attend multiple rallies against white supremacy in Washington, DC.
"There is no city better equipped to handle large-scale events, including First Amendment events, than Washington, D.C", said Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham.
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Bowser said safety should not be a concerned, but understood why some are anxious.
Marchers in this weekend's Unite the Right 2 white nationalist rally may have a harder time getting a ride or a room.
"We will not be seeing a repeat of Charlottesville", said D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.
Schoep also addressed the Charlottesville, Virginia incident and said his group, "acted in self defense ... we are not the ones creating the violence".
Officials, who are expecting "anywhere from one to 400" participants in "Unite the Right", admitted that the white supremacists could spontaneously change their march route from the Foggy Bottom Metro station - at George Washington University, which is locking down its campus that day - to the White House.
Preparations have been in the works for Sunday's event for months between law local enforcement agencies, U.S. Park Police and the U.S. Secret Service. Last year's rally exposed a racial divide in the city, Debbie says.
More than 700 Virginia State Police personnel alone are trained and ready to be assigned if the need arises, Virginia State Police Colonel Gary T. Settle said.
"There is no intention to accommodate one side or the other", Newsham said.