Harahan Bridge lights up as Big River Crossing opens

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Saturday night, the lights of the Harahan Bridge were turned on giving folks a spectacular light show.

People have been waiting years for the Harahan to be lit up and it comes on the same day the Big River Crossing opened connecting downtown Memphis to West Memphis.

Throughout the day, thousands of people were out enjoying the spectacular views of Memphis on what is now the country's longest pedestrian and biking walkway.

Fireworks capped off a historic day.

The Harahan Bridge lit up different colors of the rainbow Saturday night.

Thousands who can now enjoy spectacular sites of the city from the Big River Crossing.

Everyone had their own take on why they liked walking or biking across the Big River Walk.

"You can bring your dog, your kids, your bicycle everything," said Andrea Weaver from Germantown.

Saturday morning a historic locomotive welcomed guests.

The project was no easy feat.

It took years and 18 million dollars of grant, private, local, state and federal dollars to get done.

The goal of the crossing is to celebrate the history of Mississippi River and its significance to the area.

"We've been putting it on the calendar," said Steve Babcock.

Food and music welcomed guests from Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas.

The plan is to eventually have more trails for people to enjoy in West Memphis.

John and Andrea Weaver expect the MidSouth to see more tourists.

"I could see where tourists from other parts of the country would just think this is fabulous you can see the city from a whole different perspective," said Andrea.

The LED lighting for the Harahan Bridge was paid for thanks to a $12 million donation that will also go toward enhancing the Hernando de Soto I-40 bridge.