April means the start of spring in the USA, and the country celebrates with festivals and events from coast to coast. Snowfall typically gives way to rain in much of the country, and temperatures start to rise as the month progresses. Here are the festivals and events that happen each April in the USA.
Early to Mid-April: Easter. While the United States is a secular country, some businesses and schools will close on the Good Friday before Easter Sunday or the Monday after (Easter Monday).
One of the nation’s biggest Easter-related festivities is the White House Easter Egg Roll, held on the South Lawn of the White House. Tickets to the Easter Egg Roll are free, but limited, and available only via a lottery system on the White House website. See also March in the USA.
Early to Mid-April: National Cherry Blossom Festival. One of spring's most glorious events sees the blooming of hundreds of pink and white cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin of the National Mall in Washington, DC. While the trees are the main attraction for visitors, organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival also plan a Japanese cultural festival, a parade, and numerous art and food events throughout the capital to coincide with the blooms. Learn more about the National Cherry Blossom Festival from the official website, or visit About's Guide to Washington, DC, for a comprehensive guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Note that the Cherry Blossom Festival typically begins in mid- to late-March and runs through April. See also March in the USA.
First Week of April: Baseball Opening Day. Major League Baseball Parks across the USA open their gates and turnstiles for the first baseball game of the season in April. Fans turn out in droves, and it is tradition that the sitting President throw the first pitch of the season.
April 22: Earth Day. Earth Day was founded in 1969 as a day of conservation and is now celebrated throughout the world. Many cities in the U.S. plan Earth Day festivities, such as benefit concerts, lectures, and museum exhibits on environmental issues. Washington, DC, puts on one of the nation's biggest Earth Day concerts and associated conservation awareness activities. For more information about Earth Day in the U.S. and around the world, visit the Earth Day website.
Last Friday in April: Arbor Day. Another holiday environmentalists will love is Arbor Day, a day in which citizens are encouraged to plant trees. It's been observed in the U.S. since 1872, but is not a national holiday in the U.S. where businesses are closed. However, it is a time when many environmental organizations, volunteer groups, and U.S. parks take time to educate others about the importance of planting and caring for trees.
Third Week in April: Miami Wine and Food Festival. Touted as one of the top food and wine festivals in the country, the Miami Wine and Food Festival features wine and beer tastings, Top Chef talent, and the chance to try some of Miami's best cuisine all in a single venue.
Last Two Weeks in April: Tribeca Film Festival. New York City hosts one of the nation's premier film festivals at the Tribeca Film Festival.
It draws big names like Oprah and Tom Hanks. Although tickets to individual screenings are cheap–around $20–they can be hard to come by.
Last Week in April to First Week of May: Vidalia Onion Festival. This week-long spring festival in Vidalia, Georgia, pays tribute to the Vidalia onion, a sweet yellow onion that is Georgia's official state vegetable. Often touted as one of the best food festivals in the United States, the festival features an onion recipe contest, concerts, an airshow, and lots of opportunities to sample onion dishes. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival.