In 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.
Festival events include, the annual parade, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The parade route spans from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW, is free and open to the public.
A fireworks show on April 5, on the Southwest Waterfront. The fireworks will start at 8:30 p.m.
The "Pink Tie Event" is a fundraiser, taking place on March 20, and the proceeds go to maintain the annual event.
Pink Tie Event
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
The Capitol File Experience – $250/person (exclusive access to special lounge)
Reserved Lounge Seating for 8 guests – $5,000
For more details check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival.org