The shutdown will begin on Saturday, April 8, 2011 if no budget agreement is reached. DC would lose an estimated $1.5 - $5.5 million per week. Federal agencies would be closed and trash collection and parking enforcement would be suspended. Police, firefighters and emergency services would continue to operate and public schools will remain open.
Major DC attractions that would be open during a government shutdown include the following:
- Mount Vernon Estate
- Corcoran Gallery of Art
- Phillips Collection
- National Building Museum
- International Spy Museum
- National Crime and Punishment Museum
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- National Museum of Women and the Arts
- National Geographic Museum
In case of a government shutdown, all programming occurring within the Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, including evening and matinee performances of Liberty Smith would be canceled. History on Foot programming will continue as scheduled.
Good news! Just announced on Friday, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Japanese Street Festival, scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 9, will not be canceled. The DC Police have agreed to support these popular scheduled events. If there is a government shutdown, the Parade route will run along Constitution Avenue, NW from 7th to 14th Streets. Grandstand seats in sections 98 and above, with the exception of section 136, will no longer be along the Parade route. Tickets can be exchanged or refunded. The Blossom Kite Festival will likely be postponed in the event of a government shutdown.
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