With spring comes the National Cherry Blossom Festival to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Every year, Washington, D.C. hosts a number of events celebrating the grandeur and beauty of the Cherry Blossoms that line the shores of the Tidal Basin. The National Cherry Blossoms Festival was started to commemorate the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees given to Washington, D.C. in 1912 by Major Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan in honor of the friendship between the two countries.

This year’s National Cherry Blossoms Festival events began on March 21, 2015 with the National Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony at the Warner Theatre and ended with the Cherry Blossom Parade on April 11, 2015. In between, Washington, D.C. hosted the internationally famous Kite Festival, the 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Walk, and the 49th Annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament.

Aside from all the National Cherry Blossom Festival events, Washington, D.C. hosted events such as the White House Easter Egg Roll, the Anacostia River Festival, and Earth Day celebration on the National Mall. From May 23 to May 25, the Washington, D.C. metro area celebrated Memorial Day with various events such as the National Memorial Day Concert, the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally, the “Flags-in” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and culminating with the National Memorial Day Parade on May 25, 2015.