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Washington, D.C. - National Cherry Blossom Festival

April 4-7, 2014

Join us for a weekend of alumni networking in Washington, DC as we take in the sights of spring along the Potomac River, gather as SIUE Cougars, and enjoy a guided tour of our nation’s capital. We will be hosting several events throughout the weekend. As alumni and friends of SIUE, you are invited to join us for as many of the events as you would like! Additionally, we have planned for plenty of free time for sightseeing and enjoying the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Alumni Office at 618-650-2762 or We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Travel to Washington, D.C.

  • Alumni from outside of the Washington D.C. area fly in and enjoy the day on your own! See the sights, check into the hotel, and prepare for a great weekend! Flights are booked and paid for on your own.

Welcome Reception- Evening

  • Holiday Inn Capitol
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Breakfast on your own or with others

Explore the city

Lunch on your own

United States Capitol Tour

  • Meet at 12:45 at the visitors center (located on the East side of the Capitol facing the Library of Congress)
  • Group Tour begins at 1:00pm
  • For more information on what we will see on Capitol Hill, CLICK HERE.

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Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks and Dinner Cruise

    • To make your reservation for this event, please call Entertainment Cruises at 866-306-2469 and provide them with SIUE Alumni Association reservation number: 1753751 (SIUE Alumni Association)
    • Cruise the Potomac River on a beautiful glass-enclosed cruise ship as we enjoy dinner, music, and fireworks
    • Board at 5:30pm; Cruise from 6:30-9:30pm
    • Dress Code: Cocktail Attire
    • Cost to attend: $166.12/person. Included in this fee:
      • Your ticket to board the three hour cruise
      • Three course meal at our private tables    
      • Live music and entertainment
      • A dazzling fireworks display over the Washington, DC skyline as we cruise the Potomac River

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Brunch at Old Ebbitt Grill- 11:00am—FREE to attend

Enjoy the rest of the day on your own for sightseeing and experiencing the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


Depart on Monday, April 7, 2014

Hotel Accommodations:

A block of rooms has been reserved for the SIUE Alumni Association at the Holiday Inn Capitol for the nights of April 4-7, 2014. The special SIUE rate for that weekend only is $209/night.

Click here to view a map of the location of this hotel.

The Holiday Inn Capitol is located within walking distance of the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station and the National Mall.

To reserve your room today, CLICK HERE.


Helpful Links:

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Smithsonian Institute

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Transit System

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