WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-day series of performances and food events on Washington’s Southwest Waterfront is counting down to a fireworks show for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival runs through 9 p.m. Saturday with events between 6th and 9th streets. Officials say the best places to view the fireworks Saturday evening is on the waterfront promenade or from East Potomac Park.

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Throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, several stages are featuring performances, including jazz and blues music and Japanese drummers. On the water, there will be Dragon Boat and sailing demonstrations and a display of boats lit in pink along the dock in the evening.

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The cherry blossom festival was extended this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the United

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