Spring brings National Cherry Blossom Festival to Washington District of Columbia
January 28, 2013 by Sarah
Washington D.C. attracts thousands of visitors during spring and, since 1927, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has commemorated the history involved with the first cherry blossom trees planted in the city. It will be returning this March and April.
In 1912, 3,000 cherry trees were received in D.C. as a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, representing the strong friendship shared by Japan and the U.S. In 1910, the first group of trees, totaling over 2,000, arrived in the city diseased. Therefore, a world-renowned chemist from Tokyo, along with a group of professionals from the United States, coordinated the arrival of 3,000 more trees. A ceremony was held on March 27, during which the first two cherry trees were planted beside Tidal Basin, located in West Potomac Park, and the annual festivities began.
The festival is presented by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. which is a not-for-profit organization. The group is responsible for promoting nature’s beauty, as well as reinforcing positive international relations via educational activities, events, and programs.
In addition to enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms throughout the city, there will be events offering art, culture, daily entertainment, and education – all of which are free to the public.
This year’s festival will take place from March 20 – April 14. For more information, visit the event website.