Take a deep breath, it’s officially spring… and a perfect time to visit the capital of the United States! During this time, natives and visitors alike gather to enjoy the famous Yoshino cherry trees that appear around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Those 3,000 beautiful, soft pink and white blossoms were a gift from Japan in 1912, as way to honor the blossoming friendship between the two countries.

The National Cherry Blossom festival spans over three weeks and there are plenty of ways to celebrate, check out our favorites:

Live Music + Fireworks! – The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is family friendly event that will last for eight hours of fun. There will be food, music and arts and crafts. April 09, 2016

Drink the District – If you enjoy beer, wine, live entertainment and food trucks then this event is for you. Drinks for all at the Cherry Blossom Beer & Wine Festival! April 09, 2016

Rain or Shine Street Fest – Celebrate Japanese culture at the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival with four stages full of exciting performances. April 16, 2016

 

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Time to Parade! – 10 blocks of Constitution Avenue will be full of “giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers,” according to NCBF. Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade wows the crowd, you won’t want to miss it! April 16, 2016

Take a tour – Celebrate the history and beauty of the city with a tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a self-guided tour. DC Walkabout offers a free printable map of the tidal basin. If guided is more your thing, try a bike tour, pedicab tour, or cruise. Be sure to check out Groupon for discounts!

 

Cherry Blossoms seen from DC CruisesPhoto Credit: DC Cruises

 

If you can’t make it to Washington DC for the National Cherry Blossom festivities, tune in to the Cherry Blossom Cam for free live footage of the Yoshino Cherry trees.

For a full list of events visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

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