You’ve probably heard about the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, but do you know the story behind them?
In 1912, the people of Japan gave 3,020 cherry trees to the people of the United States as a gift of friendship. Those trees were planted in three places around Washington, most prominently at the Tidal Basin.
Each year, there is a National Cherry Blossom Festival which coincides with the blooming of the cherry trees. The cherry blossoms appear at different times each year, depending on the weather. The average date for the trees to bloom is April 4 and they usually last for about two weeks.
Here’s how the cherry blossoms looked this year . . .
Bug And Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms And Washington Monument
Red Cherry Blossoms
The Tidal Basin
Couple Enjoying The Cherry Blossoms
Ghosts At The Jefferson Memorial
You can see more cherry blossom photos here.