The National Harbor is welcoming 100 new cherry trees in honor of the popular destinations’ 10th anniversary.
The harbor's developer, Peterson Companies, planted the trees along the waterfront. More than 100 other cherry trees are located around the 350-acre property in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The Okame cherry trees are fast growers and typically bloom in the spring. But the trees are also a sight to see in the fall.
“Okame are known for their orange-red fall foliage and reddish brown glossy bark,” Deborah Topcik, National Harbor's director of marketing, said in a statement.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary, a cherry blossom festival dubbed “Sakura Sunday” is set for Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at different locations throughout the harbor.
Visitors will find a Japanese Market, Japanese inspired music and entertainment, as well as a Sake and beer garden at the festival. Plus, you can also picnic around the new trees.
Grace’s Mandarin, an asian establishment along the waterfront, will start Sunday's festival with a cooking segment and Kanadete sourou, a Japanese rock band will also take the stage. Awa Odori dance, a traditional and modern dance performed at festivals throughout Japan, is sure to be mixed into their performance.
The popular destination hosted a series of free events Sunday, April 8th to kick off the festivities.