Cherry blossom festivals are a highly anticipated annual event in the United States of America. These festivals are celebrated to mark the blooming of the cherry blossom trees, which is a sign of the arrival of spring. In 2023, many cities across the United States will host cherry blossom festivals to celebrate the beauty of nature and Japanese culture. Here are some of the cherry blossom festivals that are happening in the United States in 2023.
Among the best known of the Cherry Blossom Festivals is the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. . This month-long festival usually takes place in late March or early April and attracts more than a million visitors every year. The annual festival includes a parade, live performances, and various cultural events that celebrate Japanese culture and the beauty of the cherry blossom trees.
This is a short list of annual Festival to consider attending in 2023:
- National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Festival in New York City
- Macon Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia
- San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, California
- International Cherry Blossom Festival in Savannah, Georgia
- Atlanta Cherry Blossom Festival in Atlanta, Georgia
- Oregon Cherry Blossom Festival in Portland, Oregon
- Fort Wayne Indiana Cherry Blossom Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Newark Cherry Blossom Festival in Newark, New Jersey
- Portsmouth Cherry Blossom Festival in Portsmouth, Virginia
- Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival in Nashville, Tennesse
- Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, California
- Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Akron Cherry Blossom Festival in Akron, Ohio
Each of these festivals offers its own unique flavor of entertainment and activities. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City hosts the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. This festival celebrates the blooming of the many cherry blossom trees in the garden and includes an assortment of live music, dance performances usually composed of traditional Japanese themes, and Japanese tea ceremony displays. The festival also features food vendors selling Japanese cuisine and traditional crafts.
On the west coast there are a great many cherry blossom festivals. Among the more famous west coast festivals is the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival. This festival is a celebration of Japanese culture and the blooming of the cherry blossom trees on the west coast. This festival includes cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, and traditional Japanese cuisine. The festival also features a parade that showcases the diverse cultures of San Francisco.
Additionally, the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia is among the largest cherry blossom festivals in the United States. The festival celebrates the blooming of over 300,000 cherry blossom trees in the city and includes various cultural events such as a parade, concerts, and a street party. The festival attracts visitors from all over the country and is a celebration of the beauty of nature and the community of Macon.
Not to be overshadowed by the east and west coast festivals there are also the popular Cherry Blossom Festivals in Akron Ohio and in Fort Wayne Indiana. Each of which attract thousands of people for one day celebrations of Japanese culture and art in their respective states and cities.
Finally, the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia is another major cherry blossom festival in the United States. This festival is held in the city of Macon and celebrates the blooming of the cherry blossom trees with a parade, live music, and cultural performances. The festival also includes a carnival, food vendors, and various activities for children.
With the abundance of cherry blossom festivals in the United States there are a great many celebrations of the beauty of nature and Japanese culture to choose from and attend. These festivals bring people from all over the country together to enjoy the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and to celebrate the arrival of spring. With so many festivals happening in 2023, there is no shortage of great festivals to attend.