Cherry Blossoms in Bloom; Washington D.C. The Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of Japanese Cherry Trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. They were almost removed in 1937/38 so the Jefferson Memorial could be built. Thankfully, the trees were not removed and the memorial could still be built. The festival draw millions of visitors each year from all around the world.