In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, there will be the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival in DC on Saturday. The free Festival runs from 1pm to 9pm. The fireworks will be launched at 8:30pm.
The fireworks are a special display, presented by the City of Nagaoka, renowned throughout Japan for its spectacular fireworks festival. The best viewing is at the Southwest Waterfront promenade at 600 Water Street, SW or from East Potomac Park, which is directly across the river from the Southwest Waterfront.
The Southwest Waterfront is along the 600-900 Water Street, SW. Parking is pretty tough to find here on a day when there is nothing going on, so it will be impossible to find during this Festival. Your best bet to get here is to take the METRO to the nearby Waterfront stop on the GREEN line.
There will be free music, and family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues:
Kastles Stadium at The Wharf—800 Water Street, SW, a waterfront arena with multiple outdoor areas. The US Navy Band and a Joint Color Guard will present the Colors at 1pm. Various bands will play throughout the day and there will also be a food truck rally.
The Very Cherry Marketplace in Kastles Stadium featuring artists and market vendors.
The Washington Channel Stage—700 Water Street, SW, will serve as the backdrop for Waterfront Activities. Among other activities during the day there will be a paddleboard demonstrations, Dragon Boat excursions, DC Sail sailing activities starting at 2pm.
Gangplank Marina Park—600 Water Street, SW, a family-focused water view park. There will be live music and mini-golf, costumed characters, boat making, face painting, balloon art and much more.
7th Street Landing—700 Water Street, SW, a tree-lined waterfront park. Along with the live music, there will be Japanese Koinobori making, Origami, and Lantern crafting.
This event will be held rain or shine. And of course, there will also be National Cherry Blossom Festival merchandise for sale.
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