The season is changing, and in the AMA Executive Conference Center city of Washington, DC. it’s a beautiful sight to see! Our nation’s capital is a stunning place to visit all year long but each year, in the first weeks of spring, the hundreds of cherry trees that populate public parks and line the streets of Washington D.C. are in full bloom. Organizers welcome visitors to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. during the second week of March 19-22, 2017.
In 1912 a gift of Japanese cherry trees made its way to the city of Washington D.C. from Mayor Yukio Ozaki from the Tokyo City in Japan. The trees were donated to help enhance and commemorate the growing friendship and comradery between the United States and Japan. The trees, though some have been added and supplemented, are still in the capital and each year the city, and the nation, come together to celebrate their blooming.
The festival is a time that is enjoyed by all that attend with community parades, floats, bands, music and more to make the ‘blooming’ days a time to remember. The timing of the festival differs each year but it’s generally within the first few weeks of spring when the trees are in full bloom.
This year’s festival is being held a bit sooner than those in the past due to the unseasonable warmth that the country has been experiencing. Festival organizers and botanist that are involved in the festival have predicted that the peak of the blooms this year will occur between the dates of March 19th and March 22nd. The festival attracts over a million visitors each year and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the United States.
The festival is not limited to the time in which the peak blooms are present and instead lasts for weeks during the spring season. Festivities this year will include the annual Cherry Picks Restaurant program that is currently in its 15th year, the annual Pink Tie Party, and so much more. If you can make it to D.C. before the cherry blossoms have fallen you should certainly come and check out the sights, sounds, and traditions that are associated with the spectacular event. Not only does spring bring moderate temperatures, but also the stunning beauty of the D.C. cherry trees!