Throughout its weeks-long run, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will have a variety of family-friendly events — from concerts to parades and more. Here are the essential details.
WASHINGTON — The National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual springtime celebration, attracts visitors from all over the world to Washington, D.C.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival typically coincides with the “peak bloom” of D.C.’s cherry blossom trees, which Japan gave to the U.S. as a gift in 1912. According to the National Park Service, peak bloom was reached Thursday, April 5, and best viewing should continue through April 9–12.
(The Park Service, however, adds that “under ideal conditions, blossoms can remain for up to two weeks.”)
Throughout its four-week run, the festival hosts a variety of family-friendly events — from concerts to parades and more.
The 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 20 through April 15.
D.C.’s cherry blossom trees line the city’s Tidal Basin along the Potomac River (see pink areas in map above). This is the most popular viewing spot for the blossoms — but it is not the only spot.