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National Cherry Blossom Festival

April 3, 2010

If you haven’t seen the cherry trees around the DC Tidal Basin this year, it’s not too late!  The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 27th – April 11th, and TOMORROW (April 4th) is the average peak bloom date. The festival is a celebration of both springtime in the Nation’s Capital as well as the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan that symbolizes an ongoing friendship between Japan and the U.S.

You can see the cherry trees in three locations: the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), or around the Washington Monument.

The festival also includes free events along the mall.  The festival’s parade is Saturday, April 10th, from 10am-noon, and every day at noon the Sylvan Theater hosts performances by local musicians and Japanese cultural groups.

Parking in DC can be a mess at this time of year because of tourist season, so the best way to get to the blossoms is taking the metro to the Smithsonian stop.

Don’t forget your camera!!

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