This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. Back on March 27th in 1912, Helen Taft, the wife of President William Taft planted the first trees along side of the wife of the Japanese Ambassador. Planted on the north side of the Potomac River, they were the first of 3,000 trees, a gift from the Major of Tokyo. Every year since then, the Cherry Blossom Festival has been celebrated in our nation’s capital.
The Festival started on March 20, the first day of spring and continues until April 27th. And these days, there is a wide variety of great events happening during the more than a month’s worth of celebration. From the Chamber Music Concerts to the Kite Festival to Waterfront fireworks, there is something for everybody going on during the five weeks of the festival, including the wonderful Cherry Blossom Parade being held on April 14th. This family friendly event is the perfect way to introduce your family to our nation’s capital..
The very first festival was held by a group of school children in the 20’s. By 1935, the celebration was city wide. Starting in 1994, the festival was expanded to a 2 week celebration and now, as this year marks the first 100 years, it will be the biggest most spectacular Cherry Blossom Festival yet.
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What is your favorite Spring Celebration?
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I’ve always thought that this time of year was purely magical in Washington DC. I’m hoping to get there next year, and I definitely would want to go during the Cherry Festival.
This is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been to DC once, but it was in the summer. There were also many cherry blossoms at CSULB where I went to college. Thanks for the reminder!
It sounds lovely and I hope to there to celebrate with you one Spring.