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This year marks the 102 celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. In 1912 the People of Japan gifted the People of the United States with cherry blossoms as a sign of friendship. 3,020 cherry blossoms arrived in D.C., and on March 27 of that year Mrs. Taft and the Japanese Ambassador’s wife planted two of these trees on the Tidal Basin.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival grew from this ceremony. If you visit the Tidal Basin today, just past the John P Jones Memorial, you can still view these two original trees, with a bronze plaque commemorating them.

This year the festival is taking place from March 20- April 3, and there are a ton of activities, performances, and events happening during this time. It is expected that 1.5 million people are going to visit the city during this time to see  the trees. While the trees are beautiful at all points during this two week period, the best time to see them (as some claim) is during the blooming period, when 20% of the blooms are open.

Check out the website for the festival to find more information on events, and to see the awesome merchandise available this year!

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

 



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