Often referred to as “The Nation’s River,” the Potomac, which divides Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., was once an integral part of both the Civil War and Native American culture. Its name has been speculated to originate from a variety of languages and meanings, and the water – home to pike, bass, and even bull sharks – is withdrawn at quantities of just under 500 million gallons a day, and that’s just in the Washington D.C. area alone.
This summer, every Friday (through September 30th) and Sunday (through September 4th), all are welcome to pull up a chair by the river and catch a free outdoor movie at the National Harbor waterfront. “Movies at the Potomac” is a quick-fix for last minute date nights, family trips to the Capital, and just going easy on your wallet for once – all while enjoying the summer breeze at dusk.
On the verge of a relationship talk with your significant other? Take him or her to see He’s Just Not That Into You (July 29th) and let Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, and Scarlett Johansson have the talk on your behalf. Get your football game on with Friday Night Lights (August 12th) and step into mind-blowing effects with Tron: Legacy (August 7th). Bring the kids to Jumanji and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (August 14th and 21st, respectively). Or get nostalgic during The Wizard of Oz (September 4th) and Titanic (September 30th). Check the schedule for all the flicks in between and to plan on a specific film – or just show up and be surprised!
Admission is FREE! See the directions on the website for the National Harbor’s location (about 15 minutes away from downtown). You’ll probably want to bring a couple of lawn chairs, but viewers are asked to refrain from bringing coolers full of booze (shucks). Films begin just after the sun stops reflecting off the Potomac.