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Weekend Wakeup: Va. megaprojects on holiday break

Friday - 4/6/2012, 2:49pm  ET

Amy Freedman, wtop.com

Weekend Wakeup Call - Friday, April 6 to Monday, April 8

WASHINGTON - It's not every year that two major spring holidays fall on the same weekend. This year, the beginning of Passover and Good Friday coincide. This means lots of travelers on the roadways, and a welcome break from most major construction projects.

Even without the blossoms, The Cherry Blossom centennial celebration continues and of course, Saturday is National Pillow Fight day!

Virginia Megaprojects on holiday break

There will be no major megaprojects-related lane closures from noon Friday, April 6 through 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 9.

The only related closures will be on Chain Bridge Road/Rt. 123. The left turn lanes into Capitol One Drive will be closed from Friday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m. to Monday, April 8 at 5 a.m.

Also the main entrance to the Capitol One campus will be closed from Dolley Madison Blvd. Scotts Crossing Road is your alternate entrance.

Metro Spring break from weekend track work continues through April 20

Monday I-395 HOV closure

Starting Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 13 HOV lanes will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. between the Pentagon and Springfield.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Continuing - April 27, 2012. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Although most of the blossoms are gone, the festivities continue around the mall and tidal basin.

Here is a listing of this weekend's events:

Daily Stage Performances - Music, dance, song and martial arts demonstrations.

Dates: March 31-April 15, 2012
Time: Beginning at Noon daily
Location: Sylvan Theater at the foot of the Washington Monument.

Free Cherry Blossom Tours - National Park Service Rangers lead Cherry Talks/Walks, Junior Ranger Programs and Lantern Tours.

Dates: March 24-April 15, 2012
Times: Vary
Locations: Vary

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival - Hands-on activities, musical entertainment, food and drink.

Date: April 7, 2012
Time: 1-8:30 p.m.
Location: 600-900 Water Street, SW
Southwest Waterfront See Photos of the Prelude to the Fireworks

National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show

Date: April 7, 2012
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: 600 Water Street, SW Southwest Waterfront See a Photo of the Fireworks

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony - Formal ceremonial lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern

Date: April 8, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. - Music at 2:30 p.m.
Location: North side of the Tidal Basin, at the west end of Kutz Bridge at Independence Avenue and 17th Street, SW.

International Pillow Fight Day - Massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world

Date: April 7, 2012
Location: National Mall.

Passover in Washington, D.C. - Find resources for planning and celebrating the Jewish holiday in the D.C. area, including kosher markets, restaurants, synagogues and more.

Date: April 7-13, 2012.

Easter in Washington, D.C. - A guide to celebrating the holiday in the nation's capital including the schedules and suggested venues for Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts, religious services and other special events.

Date: April 8, 2012.

White House Easter Egg Roll - Bring the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny on the White House lawn. See also Easter Egg Hunts in Maryland and Virginia.

Date: April 9, 2012
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo - At this year's multicultural tradition, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and more family-friendly fun. Talk with Smithsonian scientists, who will share their work with such African animals as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper.

Date: April 9, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Opening of the Howard Theatre - The remodeled historic theater opens with a community event featuring live music performances, memorabilia.

Date: April 9, 2012
Location: 620 T Street NW Washington, D.C.

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