The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. The 2016 festival, March 20 – April 17, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.

On Saturday, April 9, enjoy the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, presented by Harris Teeter, along Water St. SW between 600 Water St. SW to the Titanic Memorial Park from 1 to 9 p.m. Celebrate spring with the Southwest Waterfront community, home of the cherry blossoms, with eight hours of free entertainment. Enjoy live music at two performance stages, water-related activities, food trucks, a beer garden, lighted boats and lanterns, family activities, a Harris Teeter sample marketplace and green screen photo experience, and more. The event concludes with the spectacular Fireworks Show at 8:30 p.m. over the historic Washington Channel. The event is rain or shine.

The Southwest Waterfront is easily accessible by Metro’s orange, blue, yellow, silver, and green lines to Waterfront, Federal Center SW, and L’Enfant Plaza. The event is also an easy ride on Metrobus, and bicycle parking will be available on-site. Attendees are encouraged to view the fireworks display along the waterfront closest to the Titanic Memorial or at Hains Point.

The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is presented by Harris Teeter and supported by The Wharf: Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, Odyssey and Spirit Cruises, Hair Cuttery, Dunkin Donuts, Kirin Brewery, Strongbow, and media partners BIG 100.3 and HOT 99.5.

Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more information, and look on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

By: Nora Stumpf

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