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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

WELCOME TO THE NATION’S GREATEST SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION!

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, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.

HIGHLIGHTS

2019 FESTIVAL IMAGES

See why today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from modest beginnings to one of the world’s greatest celebrations of spring. Explore the rich history of the Festival with highlights from past festivals and our many special events.

2020 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL ARTWORK

ABOUT THE 2020 OFFICIAL ARTIST - MATT LONG

Using acrylic paints and Sharpie markers, artist Matt Long creates fluid forms with bright colors and an engaging sense of movement. Explosive sun rays radiate amongst aqua-inspired natural forms. While he draws inspiration from a diverse array of sources, many of Long’s works are a manifestation of his love for nature, surf, sun, and music. His organic style matches his free-spirited approach to life, as he lets inspiration take him where it may without getting wrapped up in tradition.

The multimedia artist and outdoor enthusiast currently lives in Frederick, Maryland where he works as a graphic designer. Throughout the day, he contributes his creative efforts into marketing, digital media design, and apparel production. Throughout the night, his heart and artistic sensibility is never far from his seaside summers in Cape May, New Jersey and his more personal creative pursuits which have included collaborations with small businesses and charitable fundraising efforts for a handful of non-profit and humanitarian aid organizations.

The 2020 Commemorative Poster is available for purchase here.

History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival

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