National Cherry Blossom Festival
For three weeks every spring, Washington DC comes alive along with the blossoming cherry trees along the Potomac River. The sight of the pale pink flowers, blooming from trees gifted to the U.S. by Japan more than a century ago, is enough to rouse a happy spirit in each visitor despite the thronging crowds. Festival activities — all free! — include live musical performances at the Opening Ceremony, interactive demonstrations for kids during Family Days, colorful fliers at the Blossom Kite Festival and booming pyrotechnics at the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival.