The first day of Spring this year is Wednesday, March 20 and we’re already springing forward and enjoying longer days and earlier mornings since this past Sunday. The longer days bring neighbors out to chat after work and the neighborhood dogs out for walks. Spring in Parkside is also filled with so much life as trees start budding new leaves, especially the Cherry Blossom trees that bloom in DC less than 8 miles away from home. This year the Cherry Blossoms will bloom between March 20 and April 13 with the Cherry Blossom parade scheduled for April 13. It’s a beautiful sight to see these gorgeous trees in bloom.

Have you ever wondered how these Japanese trees got into the United States? They were a gift! In 1912 Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States to celebrate a growing friendship between the two countries. These trees replaced an earlier gift of 2,000 trees that were destroyed by a disease. The trees were split between New York City and Washington, DC. Here in DC, the pink and white trees line the shore of the Tidal Basin and the roadway in East Potomac Park. Another gift of cherry blossoms were gifted to the United States in 1965 with another 3,800 trees.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 1912 gift from Japan. The festival presents helium balloons, floats, marching bands from across the U.S., music and other events to make this a day of fun.

For a full list of Cherry Blossom festival events, click here. If you live as close as Parkside Westphalia is to DC, it’s a must to get out and see this sight if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to spend the day with friends and family!

This post was contributed by Parkside Westphalia homeowner, Yana B of StyleStamped. If you have ideas for future blog posts or have community information to share, please contact Yana B