Washington, D.C.

Get facts and photos about this federal district.

In 1774 the First Continental Congress—a group of representatives from the colonies—needed a place to meet. The delegates first gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was essentially a capital city, as the capital is wherever the seat of government is. When the first U.S. president, George Washington, took office 1789, the capital was New York City.

Cherry Blossom Festival The Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of amazing flowering trees in Washington, D.C. In this episode of Nature Boom Time, join Charlie and Patrick as they visit the country’s capital city to learn more about these spectacular trees.