This is the first unofficial 'cherry festival' celebration. For the blossoms in May.
Blessing of the Blossom Festival
May 22, 1925
The first official event in which businesses would promote and feature cherry farmers in Traverse City to help promote the growing industry.
Hawkins Bakery Bakes Presidential Pie
Hawkins Bakery in Traverse City baked the largest pie for President Coolidge in 1926!
Festival Becomes a Three Day Event
Decision made by General Chairman Larry Larsen to make the Festival a three-day event.
Festival Becomes National Celebration
Michigan Legislature passes a resolution to make the Cherry Festival a national celebration.
Festival is Postponed
1942 - 1947
The National Cherry Festival is postponed on account of World War 2 plus 1 year after (it was considered inappropriate i 1947).
Festival Becomes a Five Day Event
The week of July 6 is announced National Cherry Festival Week.
Festival Becomes Seven Day Event
Cherry Royale Parade Breaks All-Time Record
The Cherry Royale Parade broke the all-time record in 1975, boasting 180 entries and attended by over 300,000 people. President Gerald Ford, a Michigan native and former U.S. Senator, led the parade as Grand Marshall.
Embassy of Michigan Tourism Award
Thunderbirds Perform at Festival
World Record for Largest Cherry Pie Set
July 25, 1978
Cherry Festival in Top Ten Events of USA Today
1997 - 1999
History Center of Traverse City Holds "A Walk Through Festival History"