National Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Washington D.C. is probably my favorite city in the USA. I lived there from 1986 through 1991. I worked and attended George Washington University for a while and lived in Adams Morgan. I was in my 20s and it was the 80s. Need I say more?! It was a fun, fun time!

When you live in D.C., the monuments are part of everyday life. They're in your backyard for Heaven's sake and sometimes they are taken for granted. But not so much for me. The Washington Monument is a spectacular sight to see, day or night. I still remember the feeling I got (and still do) when I saw the monuments as I was driving, walking or in a cab. I pinched myself saying "I can't believe I actually live her". It's such a beautiful city.


It gets even prettier every spring though when the cherry blossom trees start to bloom.

More than a million people travel to Washington, D. C. every spring for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.

This year the festival will be held March 20 – April 15. The parade will be on Saturday, April 14.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees which symbolizes the friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States. The blossoming cherry trees also symbolize the arrival of spring.

The nearly 3,750 cherry blossom trees are located on National Park Service land: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park and on the Washington Monument grounds.

The Opening Ceremony kicks off the festival on the evening of March 24 at the Warner Theatre.

Many events and activities take place during this time to promote the arts and culture, cuisine, nature and environment, just to name a few. There will be performances by local, national and international entertainers as well as sporting competitions. Many of the functions are free and open to the public.

 A kite festival is held annually as part of the celebration. It showcases the creativity of kite makers and the skill of fliers from across the U.S. and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations.

The main area for the events is located around the Tidal Basin with views of the Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt memorials.

The parade is one of the largest spectator events in Washington, D. C.  The route runs for 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue with a spectacle of elaborate floats, marching bands, helium balloons, celebrity talent and performers. The parade is free for spectators along the parade route.  Tickets for a grandstand seat start at $20.

While visiting Washington, D. C., you can rent a paddle boat at the Tidal Basin and enjoy the fresh air and terrific views of the Jefferson Memorial and the beautiful pink blooms of the famous Japanese cherry trees. Paddle boating is a fun family activity and a great way to relax while sightseeing.

 What better way to celebrate spring than a visit to our nation’s capital during the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

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