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Celebrate Spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Every spring, tourists from around the country flock to the Tidal Basin at the National Mall in Washington, DC, to experience the beauty of the cherry blossoms and celebrate Japanese culture at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, taking place now through April 12. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far, because BeechTree is so convenient to the Nation’s Capital.

In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gave 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington. Every year, thousands visit the mall to view the breathtaking beauty of the trees near the Reflecting Pool and celebrate American and Japanese friendship.

Many events commemorate this festival. On April 11, learn more about Japanese culture and experience the beauty of Japanese art that the whole family can enjoy at the lively National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade ®. After the parade, stick around downtown and visit Sakura Matsuri, a street festival full of food, cultural exhibits, anime, music and shopping.

These are only a few of the events on the schedule — and of course the trees are always open for viewing.There’s an event for every interest, from music to kites, and there’s something for every age group. All events are Metro accessible, so don’t worry about how to find parking downtown.

Head into the city and enjoy the beauty of this yearly event. Peak bloom is expected between April 11-14. Don’t miss this gorgeous celebration of spring!