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National Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event which celebrates springtime in Washington, DC as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. This year’s festival will be MARCH 17-APRIL 15!

The predicted peak blooming period of the cherry blossoms for this year is APRIL 8-12.

Here are some of the highlights:

Smithsonian Kite Festival – Saturday, March 31, 2018
Washington Monument Grounds
10 am-4:30 pm

Petalpalooza Fireworks Festival – Saturday, April 7, 2018
Waterfront Park – 600-900 Water Street, SW
1-9:30 pm
Fireworks at 8:30-9:30 pm

Cherry Blossom Parade – Saturday, April 14, 2018
Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW
10 am- 12 pm

There are many more great events, visit the festival website for more information.

Helpful links:
Cherry Blossom Festival Website
National Park Service Bloom Watch
Metro Website (use the trip planner feature on this website to find the metro options, taking metro is much better than driving for the festival events)

Photo & Video: National Cherry Blossom Festival 

Au Pairs enjoy the Eastern Market and the Cherry Blossoms in DC

Photo12 Photo11 Photo6 Photo7 Photo9Photo2Photo3Photo4On Saturday, April 11, au pairs from our three clusters met together in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, DC. We took a private walking tour with Free Tours By Foot http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/food-tours/eastern-marketbarracks-row-walking-tour/. Surrounded by the beauty of cherry blossom trees, we not only learned a bit of history about the area as we walked along Barracks Row and saw the original Naval Hospital and the Naval Commandant’s residence, but we delighted in stopping at three eateries along the way. First was The Sweet Lobby which was a winning contestant on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Second stop was Spring Mill Bread Co. which sells amazing brownies in addition to bread, and lastly we stopped at District Doughnuts where we had preordered a variety of unusual flavored doughnuts. Not a crumb was left after we were through!

Eastern Market boasts an indoor food market, as well as an open air crafts and flea markets on the weekends. It’s conveniently located on the Metro (orange line). Just park your car for free at New Carrollton and take the train 7 stops and get off right in the middle of all the action.

Au Pairs Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

On April 6th the Baltimore and Annapolis clusters met in downtown DC and were given a private tour by the owner “Eddie” from DC by Foot.  Eddie treated our group to a wonderful educational tour of the various monuments on the National Mall to include the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.  We learned some great facts to include that the term “Mall” does not mean a shopping mall but rather means “open space” and  the Lincoln Memorial takes after the Greek Parthenon which translates to “perfect unity.”   Lincoln was remembered in history as a great unifier of our country and the 36 pillars that adorn the Lincoln Memorial represent the 36 states that were part of the Union at the time.  Our group was able to see the first signs of the Cherry Blossoms (a gift from Japan) come to life throughout the city on a wonderful sunny day.  These delicate blossoms signify the beginning of spring!   Something we in the DC area have been looking forward to after a long cold winter.