The National Cherry Blossom Festival

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PJM Inside Lines is taking a tour around the region we serve to periodically highlight the many well-known and obscure festivals happening throughout the region.

Our first stop is the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which takes place March 17 to April 18. Above, the Cherry Blossom Festival, with the Jefferson Memorial in the background. Photo: Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The festival commemorates Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C., in 1912. First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess  Chinda, the Japanese ambassador’s wife, planted the first trees during a small ceremony in West Potomac Park. The festival now spans four weekends and welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors annually around the peak bloom of the cherry blossom buds.

Being in Washington, D.C., the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the city is connected to the high-voltage grid through the Potomac Electric Power Company, or Pepco.

For more, read our previous City Spotlight about Washington, D.C.

Source: The National Cherry Blossom Festival