Wait. Is that snow outside?
Why yes, Washington, DC and the surrounding suburbs woke up to a couple inches of snow Monday morning. While it is not the cherry blossoms we expect to see this time of year, it is still very beautiful. With freezing temperatures this weekend and today’s somewhat unexpected snowstorm, we didn’t make to see the Cherry Blossoms yet. Because of the cold, the cherry blossom peak has been moved to April 3-6. So while we wait for the weather to make up its mind, we will bring you our very first City App Review.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival signals spring across the country and commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees and the 77th festival celebration. To help locals and tourists navigate all the events and activities, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. (an umbrella organization consisting of representatives of business, civic, and governmental organizations that support the festival) have created an app to keep it all in one place. A map, sets of news articles on the festival, general information, local restaurants, shopping, and convenient social share links can all be found on the dashboard when you first open the app.
If you are not sure where to start, the Info button contains the location of the festival headquarters and welcome tents, best ways to get to the blossoms, frequently asked questions, history, and other tools to get around DC.
One of our favorite features so far is the ability to add our favorite events to a list and create a custom schedule. It makes planning out the Festival easy and quick – something we will plan to take full advantage as we frequently wear ourselves out trying to hit everything. There is also an ability to see events by day, week, or category.
DC businesses really do their part to come together in supporting the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The City In Bloom button provides a list of several local landmarks that have decked out in pink to welcome spring and show support of the yearly festival. Festival goers can definitely use this guide to see take their tour beyond the Tidal Basin. There is even information about how you can decorate your home, office, or even plant your own prunus serrulata (Japanese Cherry).
So don’t forget to download the app and pick up your free Petal Pass (for exclusive discounts at events – find one using the app!) and join the metropolitan area in welcoming spring – whenever it actually arrives.