We know it happens every year but that doesn’t make us any less excited! The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. will be happening on the first day of Spring this year. How fitting! It will begin on Friday, March 20th and will run through Sunday, April 12th. If you’re interested in learning about the history of the festival check out Nosegay’s blog that explains everything. The short version is the cherry blossom trees were a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. in the early 1900s. They were a gift to represent the friendship between the United States and Japan.
Keep in mind that during these few weeks throughout the festival, there are a ton of great events that happen. Make sure to plan in advance so you can go to some of the fabulous events:
- Pink Tie Party Fundraiser on Thursday, March 19th at the Ronald Reagan Building and the International Trade Center.
- Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 21st. This event has ton of great performers and is even FREE to the public, however, tickets have been on sale since the beginning of this year so act fast! The ceremony will take place at the Warner Theatre.
- Blossom Kite Festival on Saturday, March 28th.
- Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on Saturday, April 4th.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 11th. This infamous parade takes place on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street. You can pay for ground seating or stand along the parade route and watch for free. There is a ton of energy during this event and if there is one thing we recommend not missing from the Cherry Blossom Festival it’s definitely this one.
- Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Saturday, April 11th.
If you are looking for more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival make sure to visit the official homepage of this traditional time in our nation’s capitol. The great news about all of this is you don’t have to go to any of the events to truly embrace the cherry blossoms. You can see them at any time of day once they bloom! It’s been predicted that the peak bloom will happen around April 11th. But be ready! They always come earlier than we think.