Washington DC’s fabled cherry trees are at once stunning decorative accessories for the District to don each spring and a symbol of peaceful relations between the United States and Japan. Rooted throughout the city in iconic locations such as the Tidal Basin on the National Mall and RFK Stadium, cherry trees in Washington DC have become a signature of the city ever since their arrival in 1912 as a gift of friendship from Japan to the U.S. While relations between the two nations have been broken and mended since, the beauty of the cherry blossoms has held strong.
Washington DC hosts the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the nations’ bond and the trees’ aesthetic beauty.
The festival is comprised of a series of exciting events and the ongoing Bloom Watch, aimed at keeping an eye on the trees while we wait for spring to bring blooms. One of the best places to see cherry blossom trees in Washington DC is on the Tidal Basin. The striking visual of blossoming trees along the water on one end and the iconic Jefferson Memorial across the way makes for an incredible scene.
Events at the National Cherry Blossom Festival cover a broad spectrum of entertainment and celebration. The ongoing theme is friendship between the United States and Japan. Everything kicks off at the National Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony at the Warner Theatre. Performers from Japan and the U.S. will headline the event. Some other interesting events include Cinematsuri, a local film series, the Free Public Art Tour at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the Pink Tie cocktail party, and fundraiser at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
The range of happenings makes the festival an attractive option for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re in DC with your family, loved one, or flying solo, we can guarantee the festival will provide something for you — even if it’s just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful colors. The festival runs from March 20 to April 12
March 20th – April 12th, 2015
Multiple venues, Washington DC