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Upcoming Water Gun War Aims to be D.C.’s Largest Ever

by Courtney Brown June 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm 9 Comments

Water gun firing, photo via Flickr : Graham Dean(Update on Monday, July 5: This event has been cancelled, according to its Facebook event page. Bummer.)

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Combatants are prepared to wage war with water on a playground near U Street next month.

More than 6,700 people have signed up to attend “the largest water gun fight D.C. has ever seen” at the Harrison Playground (1330 V St. NW) on July 9 at 1 p.m., according to a Facebook event page.

Though the water war was originally scheduled to occur at the Washington Monument, the event’s organizer, Alex Gonzalez, said the National Park Service “[wasn’t] too pleased” about hundreds of people with squirt guns year the National Monument.

No matter the location, Gonzalez said the water gun fight is meant to evoke the kind of squirt gun battles he had as a child.

“I have fond memories of the insane water gun fights I had as a kid,” Gonzalez said. “I’m just trying to recreate that magic on a bigger scale.”

Gonzalez, who also organized the snowball fight in Meridian Hill Park in January, said that he expects between 300 and 2,000 people to show up to the event.

Attendees should bring squirt guns with portable water tanks but should leave the water balloons at home, Gonzalez said.

Photo via Flickr / Graham Dean

  • Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

    Is this really the most wise thing to do — have a bunch of people with fake guns on the national mall?

    • missmurrr

      Sorry neon water guns are confusing for you.

      • Tiffany Suber

        I love your response ♥

      • Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

        Oh wow, a snarky internet commenter. Do you forget the time a MPDC cop brought a real gun to a snowball fight?

        • missmurrr

          Oh wow, what’s your point exactly? You cry about “fake guns on the mall” and then try to make an illogical connection with your response. Logic is not your strong point, now is it? God forbid someone tries to create an event where people might have fun.

          • Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

            I’m so sorry you fail to see the connection.

          • missmurrr

            Don’t have time for stupidity or mental gymnastics unfortunately.

    • hot_sooup

      That was my first thought as well. I live in DC and the capitol police are quite jumpy. I’m definitely staying away from downtown on that day…

    • Sorry

      Talk about a wet towel….


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