It’s that time of year here in DC – time for the Cherry Blossom Festival! The Cherry Blossom Festival is a national event to celebrate the arrival of spring. In 1912, cherry blossom trees were given as a gift to the United States by Japan as a sign of friendship between the two countries.
These trees were then planted along the Tidal Basin and bloom every year for a short period of time. They are famous for their overwhelming beauty and pale pink and white blooms. Each year, their blooms are awaited with much anticipation. According to the National Cherry Blossom Festival website, the bloom dates for this year are:
Average Peak Bloom Date: April 4
2010 Peak Bloom Date Forecast: April 1 and April 2
2010 Blooming Period: March 27 through April 8
The national two-week long festival brings thousands of visitors to DC every year, and has numerous events including live music, art shows, a lantern lighting, a 10-mile run, and so much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this enormous festival.
If you are in the DC area and want to enjoy the blooms yourself, be sure to plan your trip before heading out. The festival attracts such a large group of people, you are sure to encounter crowds on the National Mall and the metro. For lighter crowds, visit early in the morning and enjoy a picnic breakfast under the trees or take a stroll along the Tidal Basin later in the evening.
Interested in seeing the blooms from the water? You can rent paddleboats from the east side of the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial. This relaxing ride is a fantastic and unique way to view the trees.
For a full report on the festival and all the details, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival website here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=390.
This is one DC experience everyone should see!