The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is one of the highlights of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year boasts a full day of family-friendly entertainment on the Southwest Waterfront of Washington DC. Celebrate spring with live music at two performance stages, food trucks, a beer and cider garden, family activities, a green screen photo experience, cornhole, glow-in-the-dark treats, and more.
The fireworks display may be viewed from all locations within the event, with the best views being in Waterfront Park closest to the Titanic Memorial. Alternatively, the fireworks may also be viewed from East Potomac Park.
Date and Times
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Entertainment begins at 2 p.m.
Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks portion of the evening will be rescheduled for Sunday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Between 600-650 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC. Additional performances and activities will be located in Waterfront Park near the Titanic Memorial. Access the festival from the intersection of Maine Ave. SW and M St. SW or along 4th St SW towards Waterfront Park. See a map
Transportation and Parking
There is no public parking close to the event site. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation. The closest Metro stops are L’Enfant Plaza or Waterfront-SEU.
The closest parking lots are as follows: Central Parking – 1101 4th St. SW (next to Waterfront Metro, 0.4 mile to Festival), Ace Parking – 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW ( 0.7 mile to Festival), Colonial Parking at Federal Center Plaza – 500 C St. SW (.09 mile to Festival) and Central Parking – 1201 Maryland Ave.
SW (1.0 mile to Festival) The Festival will provide bike parking near the Water St. Circle. There are also Capital Bikeshare stations located at 6th St. SW and Water St. SW as well as 4th St. SW and M St. SW.
For tips on getting to the cherry blossoms and festival events, see my Cherry Blossom Festival Transportation Guide.
To Be Announced
For more cherry blossom fun, see the Calendar of Events for the National Cherry Blossom Festival