The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the country’s biggest springtime celebrations, will be held this March 20th through April 14th, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The festival will celebrate 101 years since the original gifting of the cherry blossom trees from Japan to the people of the United States.
In 1912, Tokyo Major Yukio Ozaki gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C. First Lady Helen Herron Taft accepted the gift by planting the first two cherry blossom trees on Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. Later, in 1927, local children celebrated and performed a reenactment of the first planting, establishing the first cherry blossom festival. To mark the 100-year anniversary, the festival was extended to become a month-long celebration. More details about the festival’s history can be found here.
Fun Festival Activities
There are a number of fun events during this month-long gala, ranging from formal to informal, and many of the options are family-oriented. All are designed to capitalize on the beauty of the blossom, and the wonder that is springtime in the capitol. Highlights include the must-see Cherry Blossom tours, the Pink Tie Party, and the festival’s annual Cherry Blossom Parade.
Festival Timing and Spring Bloom
The festival occurs during the estimated peak blooming period for the cherry blossoms, March 18th-26th According to the National Park Service, peak blooming dates depend on the weather and may fluctuate. Visitors are encouraged to prepare accordingly. Even if the peak blooming period does not occur while you visit Washington, D.C., there are still plenty of activities to do during the festival and around the city. All of the festival events and event information can be found here.
Traveling in and to DC
In addition to being the nation’s capitol, DC is a highly populated city with a number of year-round tourist draws. The festival brings even more people to the busy city, so travelers are advised to prepare accordingly.
Be sure to make your travel plans well in advance, including ground transportation and hotel reservations, as they may become scarce closer to festival dates. For smaller crowds, try to schedule your visit during the week, as the weekends during the festival seem to be the most popular time for visitors.
Looking to save on travel expenses? We’ve got you covered! We are offering a discount code for all airport transportation during the festival. The discount code to use while booking is CBFDC. You can also click here to book using the discount code. Both SuperShuttle van service and ExecuCar sedan and SUV services will be available during the festival to take visitors to and from the airport, as well as to and from events throughout the festival.
Whether you want to do a self-led tour, view the festival’s parade, or go on a Cherry Blossom Cruise tour, the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s visitor-information and FAQ page can help answer any additional festival questions you may have.
Restrictions: Customers must book online using discount code CBFDC to receive discount on services. Discount applies only to Baltimore (BWI), Washington National (DCA) and Washington DC Dulles (IAD) Airports. The discounts are as follows: Exclusive SuperShuttle Van Service: $5.00 per party, each way; SuperShuttle Shared Ride Van Service, $2.00 per person one-way or $5.00 per person round-trip; ExecuCar Sedan and SUV service: 10% off total fare.
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