We almost missed reporting about a great firework show that took place earlier in the month (Saturday, April 7th), the Washington Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival. As a countdown for the famous National Cherry Blossom Festival, this sparkling event featured a day full of cultural food and festivities including a really cool dragon boat show lit in pink sailing down the Potomac River. At night, the firework show illuminated the skies above the shoreline and drew in huge crowds of spectators who may have been hard pressed to say which ‘show’ was more beautiful – the magnificent cherry blossoms blooming all around the waterfront promenade or the pyrotechnic petals that burst overhead.
The Cherry Blossom Festival and firework show were both expanded this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the United States back in 1912. This year, the fireworks were presented for the even by Nagaoka, a city in Japan well known for their own amazing firework festival. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area next spring, you don’t want to miss this annual firework event. Insiders say the best viewing takes place on the Southwest Waterfront promenade or on the East Potomac Park. If you can’t make this East Coast rite of spring, then whip together your own spring firework display from the huge array of goodies at AllSpark Fireworks.