What you need to know about the Cherry Blossom Festival

Who: You, your friends and family.

What: The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Where: The Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

When: March 26-April 10, 2011.

Why: See above picture.

How: Stay with us at Cherry Hill Park

Winter is a generally slow time for the staff at Cherry Hill, except for taking your reservations for the upcoming year. People trickle in and out, headed south to Florida or north to Quebec, stopping to visit family for the holidays, that kind of thing.

In mid-to-late March, however, the floodgates open.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is our first big draw of the season, and it’s epic. We get close to or full capacity, and we recommend making reservations early. If you have any requests for your reservation-multiple sites together, near a bath house, etc.-it’s hard for us to accommodate your request if you wait until March to reserve your site.

What is the Cherry Blossom Festival? In 1912, Japan gave the United States a gift of cherry trees, whose numbers have grown to over 3,700. The Cherry Blossom Festival is timed to generally coincide with the peak bloom dates of the trees, but this is difficult to forecast until about 10 days before peak bloom.

Festival events include the National Cherry Blossom Parade, 10-mile Run, Fireworks show, Japanese Street Festival, and a myriad of other family and cultural activities. Or you can just go down to the Tidal Basin with a picnic basket and a camera.

As always, our Metrobus stop will be open and ready to take you to the Metro rail system-you can take the Green Line to L’Enfant Plaza or change to the Blue or Orange lines to get to the Smithsonian station.

Watch this space for further updates or visit the Cherry Blossom Festival site for more information. We’ll see you in the spring!

 

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