Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The annual celebration honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan is here again! This remarkable festival keeps the city in a bloom for nearly four weeks as we usher in springtime. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most anticipated events in the DC Metro area, this year lasting from March 20 – April 17, 2016. During this time they have a wonderful line-up of events for children and adults alike. This year like any other started off with the signature event of the Opening Ceremony this past Saturday March 26 but is followed by a variety of events until April 17. Some of these fun-filled events include Family Day at the Nation Building Museum, the Blossom Kite Festival and the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival just to name a few. If you live in or are visiting the DC Metro area, this is one event that without question should be on your “Things To Do” list!