Celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC
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Celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

April 9, 2015

Each spring, Washington, DC, hosts an iconic event known as the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

This annual ceremony celebrates the long-lasting and continuing friendship between the United States and Japan. Its origins date back to 1912 when Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC, as a friendship offering.

With 2012 having marked its 100-year anniversary, this festival has grown into our nation’s biggest springtime celebration!

Here are three perfect ways residents of ROSS’ affordable apartments can experience the beauty of the 2015 Washington, DC, cherry blossoms:

  1. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – One of DC’s iconic parades is happening this weekend – April 11 – starting at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase for Grand Seating and there is also free standing room along the parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW, available to the public on a first-come basis. Here’s a taste of what you can expect at this wonderful parade: “Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.” Be sure to get there early for your best available seat, or purchase your ticket online to secure your spot, and don’t miss out on one of DC’s most spectacular shows!
  2. DC Water Taxi – This option is the perfect opportunity to experience the cherry blossoms from a different perspective. Not only do passengers get spectacular views of the blossoms from a majestic, water angle – providing opportunities to capture breathtaking photos – passengers also pass by historic monuments such as the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, The Kennedy Center, Memorial Bridge, the Pentagon, Robert E. Lee’s mansion and Georgetown. These 50-minute cruises board at either the National Mall – 4592 Ohio Drive, SW, between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; or Georgetown – 3100 K St., NW, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  3. 2015 Blossom Watch – The National Park Service has determined that the 2015 Peak Bloom Prediction Dates are April 11 – 14. That means that this four-day span is forecast to be the days in which “70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open.” Although the peak blooming days are this weekend, the blooming period extends much longer, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience the magic of the blooming cherry blossoms.

No matter which direction you’re coming from, thanks to the various forms of public transportation available, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a short, easy distance from any of ROSS’ affordable housing communities in the metro DC area.