04 Mar Spring Cherry Blossom Washington DC
Spring is the best time of the year for many tourists and locals in the Washington D.C. area. For our nation’s capital, spring represents more than just the warmer weather. Flowers blooming, people are happy, and events are happening. Vacationing or just embracing what Washington D.C. has to offer is what’s mesmerizing about Washington D.C.
Cherry blossoms are also blooming. People all over want to witness the beauty of the cherry blossoms and participate in the many events surrounding their arrival.
History of the Cherry Blossom
The first ceremony took place on March 27th, 1912. It began by planting the first two trees by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, the wife of the Japanese ambassador.
Every year since First Lady Taft’s involvement it has been a tradition for the First Lady to be involved in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. All First Ladies have been serving as honorary chairs, taking part in planting ceremonies and greeting guests at opening ceremonies.
Today, the Cherry Blossom Festival encompasses four weekends and draws more than 1.5 million people, worldwide.
Best Places To See The Cherry Blossoms
Jefferson Memorial: Just across the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial provides a skyline view of the beautiful flowers.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: This memorial is surrounded by newer cherry blossoms that were planted in 2011.
Japanese Lantern: The Japanese Lantern is lit each year by the Cherry Blossom Princess who represents the Embassy of Japan. The lantern is a twin of the Tokyo Temple’s lantern.
Tidal Basin Paddle-boats: Renting a two or four-person paddle-boat and pedal out for panoramic views.
This year’s festival will be from March 20 to April 12.
The Opening Ceremony – It will take place at the Warner Theatre on March 21st. This event will feature world-famous performers and musicians. Tickets are free.
Kite Festival – For the past 50 years it has been a tradition to fly a kite on the National Mall and it is held on the grounds of the Washington Monument. People from all over come and showcase their creativity on their kite decorations and design. Guests are invited to bring their own kites and kids can make a kite at one of the activity stations. This event is free for the public and held March 28th, 10 am – 4:30 p.m.
Tidal Basin Daily Events – Throughout the three-week festival there will daily concerts that will be held at the ANA Performance Stage. This event is also free, daily from 10 am – 6 pm
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – A tradition every year is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. It is full of color and life. There will be tons of balloons, marching bands, celebrity entertainers, and performers. This 10 blocks long parade starts on Constitution Avenue from the National Mall to the Washington Monument. The event is free, but you may purchase Grandstand Seats at $20. This event is for all ages, and this year it will take place on April 13th from 10 am – 12 pm.
Petalpalooza – This event is held at The Wharf, this event includes stunning, interactive art, games, and activities. There will also be live music on three different stages, and to end the night, a firework show. This event is free to the public and is held on April 11, 2020, from 1 pm – 9 pm. The Fireworks start at 8:30 pm.
Pink Tie Party – The annual festival fundraiser hosts an event that benefits the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. A nonprofit dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendships through a variety of mediums. Attendees can expect superb food from the city’s top chef, open bars, unique entertainment, live music, and auction. Tickets are available for purchase, right here. This event is held on March 20, 2020, from 7 pm – 11 pm.
Rent a vehicle – Since there is so much to see, and so much to do during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It is a good idea to take advantage of private transportation with Premier International Transportation. While on our vehicle you can be transported all around the city, including where the best views can be shown. You can relax in a nice cooled luxury vehicle and you can grab your friends and bring them along too.
When you book with us, you avoid the stress that driving has to bring, and will not have to worry about parking. Just simply sit back, relax, click a pick, and take it all in. For more information bout the festival, including dates, times, and ticket information please visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s website.