CherryBlossom Festival D.C 2015, starts on March 20th and runs through April 12. The peak bloom for the fluttering pink and white blossoms are expected around April 11 and April 14.
The history of the cherry blossoms
In 1912, Tokyo gave 3,000 trees as a gift to the nation's its sister capital Washington, DC. The National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown into one of the world’s biggest celebrations of and Japanese culture. It starts with a free art tour and the festival includes the kite festival, a ten mile run, fantastic parade down Constitution Avenue and more.
The first festival was launched 20 years later
In 1935, D.C. government and civic groups organized the first "Cherry Blossom Festival." A three-day celebration in 1934 and a 1927 re-enactment of the original planting of the trees by a group of Washington school children was the first official festival.
The original trees that were planted
There were 12 different varieties of the huge trees, mainly snowy Yoshinos and Kwanzan, are arranged along Potomac Park and round the Tidal Basin.
Take in the scenery
Running in the 10 mile run, riding in the paddleboats or evening lantern walk are great ways to enjoy and experience the Cherry Blossoms.
Pictures of the Cherry Blossom Festival D.C. pictures: