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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival 2014 - Cherry Blossom Festival


Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival 2014 - Cherry Blossom Festival

Fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront

© U.S. Army, Alex McVeigh

The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is one of the highlights of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year boasts more than eight hours of family-friendly entertainment and the event has expanded and will be bigger than ever, stretching over three blocks on the Southwest Waterfront of Washington DC.

The free festival features free music, water-related activities, cultural experiences, and four performance areas featuring live entertainment. This year's fireworks are a special display, presented by the City of Nagaoka, renowned throughout Japan for its spectacular fireworks festival. The fireworks illuminate the water, with best viewing at the Southwest Waterfront promenade at 600 Water Street, SW or from East Potomac Park.

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Date and Times
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Entertainment begins at 1:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

600-900 Water Street, SW
between 6th and 9th Streets
Washington, DC

Closest Metro stops are L’Enfant Plaza or Waterfront-SEU.
For tips on getting to the cherry blossoms and festival events, see my Cherry Blossom Festival Transportation Guide.

Entertainment Schedule

Cherry Blossom Arena - 800 Water Street, SW

  • Marketplace with fine arts & crafts
  • Food Truck Rally
  • Waterfront Beer Garden
  • Cherry Blossom Beach with games and activities
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Merchandise

Cherry Blossom Stage

  • The United States Army Band
  • United States Joint Armed Forces Color Guard
  • Chelsey Green
  • 4 Ever Young Music Group Showcase featuring Nelson Frank, Ashley, River Dakota, KRU3H, 4EY The Future, and Santino Rose
  • The United States Army Band Downrange
  • The United States Army Blues

7th Street Landing - 700 Water Street, SW

  • Paint a Japanese Koinobori (windsock)
  • Make a Japanese Fighting Fish (lantern)
  • Craft a Japanese Dragon (sock puppet)
  • Design a t-shirt

7th Street Stage

  • The Diggity Dudes
  • Calypso Nuts
  • Will Gravatt Band
  • Nen Daiko taiko drummers (from the 7th Street seawall) 

The Washington Channel  - 700 Water Street, SW

  • John H. Glenn Fireboat Spectacle
  • DC Sailing activities and demonstrations
  • Pink Palooza from docked lighted vessels along the seawall
  • Magical illumination of floating lanterns
  • Grand entrance of lighted Koi swimming into the Channel
  • Nen Daiko taiko drummers Fireworks Salute

Gangplank Marina Park - 600 Water Street, SW

  • Make a Japanese Fishing Flag with Festival Goodwill Ambassadors
  • Model Boat Making and Launch
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Art
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Merchandise

Marina Stage

  • La Unica
  • E.W. Stokes Public Charter School Steel Drum Ensemble
  • Amidon-Bowen Elementary School Choir
  • Bach 2 Rock


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