How to Enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival


How to Enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Beginning the first day of spring (March 20) and running until April 15, the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is happening in Washington, D.C. The history of the festival dates back to 1912, when the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan decided to gift the United States with 3,000 cherry blossom trees. While the official festival did not begin until 1927, the years previous were filled with many celebrations between the countries and the citizens. The festival has also grown to cover 4 weekends and attracts over 1.5 million visitors every year.

Cherry blossoms symbolize the fragility and beauty of life–they only blossom for a few weeks a year, but are absolutely beautiful. They serve as a reminder of our mortality, and offer a great gathering place for people. Located right at the Tidal Basin on the National Mall, there are live performances everyday from noon to 6PM until April 8.


On March 25, the National Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony will occur at the Warner Theater. While tickets are free, you must register to get one, and there is a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed. Get them here!

DC on Heels

On March 31, the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival will occur, which is at the Washington Monument grounds. This festival is an opportunity to enjoy the various kites made by kite-makers and fliers across the country.

Travels & Trots

On April 6, the 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk will take place, and this walk is meant to represent the struggle of Japanese Americans and their experience during the Second World War and encourages the continued defense of civil liberties for all Americans.

On April 7, Petalpalooza consists of music, interactive activities, games, and fireworks. Located at the Wharf, the festival begins at 1PM and is expected to end at around 8:30.

If running is your thing, lace up your sneakers and head over to East Potomac Park on April 8 for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk. Whether you’re participating in the race for a part of the $80,000 in prize money or watching from the sidelines, this race is sure to excite!

The Wharf

On the penultimate day of the festival, April 14, is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. This parade runs for 10 blocks and is arguably the most popular event of the whole festival. From giant helium balloons to marching bands, this parade really has every ingredient for a great event.

As you can see, each weekend is packed full with various activities. On top of that, you can visit time-permitting to admire and take photos of the main attraction, the cherry blossom trees!

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