National Cherry Blossom Festival daily highlights for April 7

April 6, 2013
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Cherry Blossom events

Sunday, April 7

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. See 15,000 runners start and finish at the Washington Monument grounds and tour the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin and in East Potomac Park. World-class runners, including Olympians and world champions, compete for more than $45,000 in prize money in the Washington area’s only world-class running event. Metro: Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines. 7:30 a.m. Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Registration closed; viewing only.

Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony. The lantern lighting ceremony opens the National Conference of State Societies’ Cherry Blossom Princess festivities. It features traditional Japanese music, the presentation of the U.S. and Japanese Cherry Blossom queens, and 2013 Cherry Blossom princesses. Independence Avenue and 17th Street SW. 2:30-4 p.m. Metro: Smithsonian.

47th Annual Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament. Spectators are encouraged to attend the two-day tournament, featuring the best teams from across the country. The tournament has divisions for college men, college women and high school boys. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Rosecroft Raceway, 6338 Rosecroft Dr., Fort Washington.

For details on all events, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. The Cherry Blossom hotline is 877-44BLOOM (442-5666). All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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