Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony pushed back

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The opening ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival has been pushed back a day.

The opening ceremony will now be held March 25.

Originally, the ceremony was going to be March 24, the same day as the March for Our Lives protest.

Organizers say they moved the date back because of anticipated crowds for the protest.

The festival will help kick-off and welcome springtime to D.C. and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the U.S.