In case you were not aware, if a government shutdown were to happen, a number of places will be forced to close, too. These include:
- National Parks
- Smithsonian Museums
- The National Zoo
- Public Libraries
- DC Trash collection will be suspended
- DC Department of Motor Vehicles
- Street sweeping and pothole services will stop
- Most federal government offices
- IRS paper claims filings will not be processed/audits will be suspended
Bottom line....it's not a good thing.
|Cherry Blossoms. Credit: USA Today|
The festival draws about 100,000 spectators during one of the busiest times for tourism in the city, so of course organizers were going to take every possible step to make sure it would not be cancelled. Even with many museums, monuments and attractions closed over the weekend with a shutdonw, the local tourism bureau is encouraging people to still visit. Some of the smaller, private museums will still be operating, and even offering discounts on admission.
Plus, there are numerous restaurants around the city preparing "shutdown deals," offering everything from discounted meals, free cups of coffee and free burgers. Clearly, businesses are trying to make the best of the situation.
Because even if our government cannot figure out a way to function, we can still see the cherry trees blossom.