First Look: The Wharf Opens With A Bang, Despite Rainy Weather

It's here! The Wharf opened to visitors with opening ceremonies Thursday. News4 captured some of the new development.

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Rain didn't stop the morning firework display at the Wharf's opening day! Another show is scheduled for the evening.
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Sunrise hues peek through the clouds.
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Paddle boarding is just one of The Wharf's waterside activities.
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Opening day was rainy, but fire pits made the atmosphere cozy anyway.
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The Wharf features dozens of spaces for shops, restaurants and music venues.
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Despite the rain, people still ventured out to see what The Wharf had to offer.
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Members of the Laborer's International Union silently protested with red balloons, advocating construction workers get better pay.
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Mayor Bowser gives remarks during the opening ceremony of the $2.5 billion development.
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Singers perform at the opening ceremonies.
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Some furry friends were also invited to The Wharf's opening day.
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Crowds of people line up to taste burgers and shakes at Shake Shack.
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Many restaurants are not yet open -- but Shake Shack opened Thursday.
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A Belgian waffle stand
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The Anthem is one of The Wharf's centerpieces.
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The Anthem has solidified at least 30 acts. Headlining band Food Fighters have sold out their concert Oct. 12.
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Not everything located on The Wharf is open. Restaurants and shops are will remain under construction well into Spring 2018.
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New transportation options, including shuttles and water taxis, will bring some of an expected 20,000 visitors to eat, shop and hang out at The Wharf.
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Between entertainment, retail and dining, leaving The Wharf will not be easy with everything along a one mile stretch.
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The highly-anticipated entertainment space will continue to have visitors throughout its opening weekend. Festivities will continue throughout the weekend, with bands, yoga, and more fireworks.
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