Every year in early spring, Washington D.C. hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It's just over two weeks of activities, performances, events and shows during the blooming of the Japanese cherry trees that are planted throughout the city. The average peak bloom date is April 4th. Every year the cherry trees are carefully watched and their buds measured to plan the festival's dates. Back in 1912, three thousand trees were given to the city by Yukio Ozaki, the mayor of Tokoyo.
There is a parade down Constitution Avenue complete with giant character balloons, marching bands and celebrities. There are fireworks, strolls and evening lantern walks among the trees, yacht rides, teas and dinner cruises along the Potomac River, a marathon, an art show, Japanese culture, and so much more. The Festival is a beautiful and fun way to kick off spring.