National Cherry Blossom Festival

May 6, 2019

          Every year in Washington D.C., the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a huge hit, but what is there to do at the festival and why does Washington D.C. have it?

         The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival occurs every year.

         Within these few weeks of observing the cherry blossoms bloom, there are several events that people can attend to. One of which is the Pink Tie Party. It will be taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.

         During this glorious event, guests get to experience a sophisticated atmosphere as they dine on exquisite food made by chefs from Pisco y Nazca, Texas de Brazil and District Winery. Guests get to dance, drink and participate in a silent auction.

         However, there’s more than just the Pink Tie Party. There’s the cherry blossom opening ceremony at the Warner Theatre on 513th Street, the Cherry Blast and the Blossom Bash.

         The opening ceremony is where people can see contemporary performances to celebrate the cherry blossom trees Japan granted the United States.

         There’s a Blossom Kite Festival which occured on March 30 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  

         Not to mention, people can attend the Tastes of Spring Cherry Blossom Food Crawl where people go self-guided tours popular restaurants to dine on samples of diverse cuisine such as southern comfort food.

         There are many different ways to experience the National Cherry Blossom Festival, one being a tour.

Tours are great for those who are interested in the history behind the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It offers a great opportunity to take great pictures and enjoy the view without getting lost. While on the tours, people get to visit the memorials that honor Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr.

         The best time to go on tours or walk around the festival is during peak bloom. In the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, peak bloom will occur on April 3 and 4. During those two days, 70 percent of the trees will have opened their buds.

         Most of the cherry blossoms are located in Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.. People can go see the cherry blossoms at any point during the day. The least busy times are early in the morning or late in the evening.

         There is a huge significance behind the National Cherry Blossom Festival that is celebrated each year.

         In 1912, 3,000 cherry blossom trees were brought to Washington D.C. as a gift from Yukio Ozaki, the mayor of Tokyo Japan.

         Cherry blossoms are symbolic of spring: a time or renewal and the fleeting of nature.

         The symbol of renewal with cherry blossoms was a way for Japan to create peace and serenity between them and the United States.

         “The cherry blossoms represent a major international peace and friendship gesture that we want to keep remembering every year,” said National Cherry Blossom Festival President Diana Mayhew.



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