What month do the cherry blossoms bloom in Washington DC?
The average peak bloom date, which is when 70% of the flowers of the cherry blossom trees are open, is around April 4. In the past, peak bloom has occurred as early as March 15 and as late as April 18. The entire blooming period can last up to 14 days, which includes the days leading up to peak bloom.
What is the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC?
The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 11) is a citywide event that celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, DC by the mayor of Tokyo.
Where is the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival?
2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival/Location
What happens at the sakura Festival?
Also known as the “cherry blossom festival,” this annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. People gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms). Celebrations begin in the day and often last into the night.
Why are there cherry blossoms in DC?
The tradition of celebrating the blooming of cherry trees in Japan is centuries old. The planting of cherry trees in Washington DC originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a symbol with rich meaning in Japanese culture.
What is there to do in DC for the cherry blossom Festival?
Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
- Tidal Basin Paddle Boats.
- Ranger Walks and Talks.
- Become a Bloomin’ Junior Ranger!
- Blossom Kite Festival – TBD.
- Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
- Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.
- Anacostia River Festival.
How do you celebrate sakura?
A particularly calming and special way to take in the festival is with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony held under the cherry blossom trees. At night, many festivals will be decorated with paper lanterns throughout the trees, maintaining the beauty of the flowers into the night.