Have questions about the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC? WTOP has all the answers to help you enjoy the local festivities. Learn more!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual springtime celebration in Washington, D.C. that attracts visitors from all over the world.
The festival typically coincides with the “peak bloom” of D.C.’s cherry blossom trees, which were gifted to the U.S. from Japan in 1912. According to the National Park Service, the average peak bloom date is April 4.
The National Park Service on says the peak will be March 24 or March 25. Initially, it said the timeframe would be March 18 to March 23. The peak time is defined as when 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin will be in bloom.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival utilizes an army of volunteers. Numbers of opportunities are available in different venues. Volunteers receive a free Cherry Blossom T-shirt. Find out what’s available and how to sign up here.