Washington D.C. celebrates National Kite Month (includes video story)

Today marks the beginning of National Kite Month, and Washington, D.C. knows how to flamboyantly kick off the season. 

On Saturday, March 30, 2024, The Blossom Kite Festival was held on the Washington Monument grounds and extended through the National Mall. It was one of the many events hosted during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a four-week-long celebration from March 20 through April 14, 2024.

The festival commenced at 10 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. It had a line-up of activities planned, from kitemaker competitions to kite-flying competitions, as well as performances from professional kite flyers who decorated the skies with their skills. 

Despite the gloomy weather, thousands of people attended the event. Professionals, amateurs, beginners and people with no kites gathered on the capitol grounds to admire and enjoy the hundreds of kites soaring next to the monuments. 

“I moved to D.C. in August, so I’m still relatively new to the area, but we came for the kite festival just to see what it was about,” said attendee Mackenzie Wright. “We don’t have any kites to fly, but it’s nice to see other people enjoying themselves.”

Sophia Bolivar is a senior at FIU majoring in digital journalism and focusing her studies on criminal justice. Sharing a love for both writing and photography has led her to pursue a career in journalism.