There are many things that we see as signs of the beginning of spring, but one of the most beautiful of those can be found at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. The cherry blossom has become synonymous with the city, thanks in large part to a gift from Tokyo City mayor Ozaki to the city of Washington back in 1912. It is that gift that is viewed by many as being the start of a very friendly relationship between Japan and the United States.
The first festival took place in 1935 and had continued to grow in size and spectacle in the years since. As you can imagine, there is no way to know when the trees will come into full bloom, but the National Park Service does a fantastic job of nailing it down to a few days. As such, the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place between March 20 and April 14.
During that time period, it is expected that over 1 million tourists will descend upon the nation’s capital to take in the splendor of the cherry blossoms. The festival has now expanded to the point where there are literally hundreds of events put on to help visitors enjoy the cherry blossoms in a variety of different ways. Washington DC is a wonderful place to visit any time of year, but there may be none as colorful as spring when the cherry blossoms come back to full life.