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2024 Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival: Best Views

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Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival, The best views

The 2021 Washington DC National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20, 2024, through April 14, 2024. 1500 Maine Avenue SW, Washington DC 20024.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a 4-week long city-wide celebration between the people of The United States and the people of Japan.

Here is a full list of information that you’ll need for your viewing.

Best time to view The Cherry Blossoms

The National Park Service prediction for 2024

Peak Bloom prediction: March 23, 2024-March 26, 2024

The timing of when the Cherry Blossoms will peak and how long they last changes every year. This is mostly due to weather conditions like the level of rain and wind.

Peak Bloom is when 70% of Cherry Blossoms open on the Yoshino Cherry Trees around the Tidal Basin. 

The full blooming can last from several days up to two weeks, depending on weather conditions.

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2024 Cherry Blossom 5 Stages to blooming:

 1: Green color buds Mid-Feb & Early March

2: Florets are visible, 16-21 days to peak bloom

 3: Extension of Florets, 12-17 days to peak bloom

 4: Peduncle Elongation, 5-10 days to peak bloom

 5: Puffy White, 4-6 days to peak bloom

*TIP: The peak blooms can last as long as 14 days, if under optimal weather conditions

Most Popular places to view The Cherry Blossoms

Tidal Basin, National Park, Potomac Park

The majority of Cherry Blossoms are located along the shoreline of East Potomac and Hains Point loop

Small clusters along The National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument

*TIP: Photo opportunities: Near Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Less crowded spots to view The Cherry Blossoms

Dumbarton Oaks 1703 32nd Street NW in Georgetown

Oxon Run Park 1200 Mississippi Avenue SE Washington DC 20032

National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue NE

Stanton Park 4th and 6th Streets NE

River Farm home of The American Horticultural Society Headquarters 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria

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2024 Cherry Blossom Festival Activities

The main focal point of the citywide festival is based around the Tidal Basin reservoir. This is between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel and part of West Potomac Park.

March 15, 2024: Pink Tie Party 7 – 11 pm Global fund-raising event. All funds from this event support festival events. Held at the Historic Union Station Washington DC

March 23, 2024 5- 6:30 pm: Opening Ceremony. Warner Theatre 513 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 and Livestream

March 24, 2024: Tidal Basin Welcome Festival 10:00 – 6:00 pm. See over 100 multi-cultural performances on the ANA Stage 12:00 – 6:00 pm, including traditional and contemporary performances from American and Japanese artists

March 24, 2024, 11:00 – 6:00 pm: Sakura Sunday  Japanese culture activities, food, and performances. National Harbor Plaza and Capital Canopy 15 National Plaza National Harbor, MD 20745

March 30, 2024: The Blossom Kite Festival will be held this year on the grounds of the Washington Monument 10:00 – 4:00 pm and will be full of workshops, demos, plus an adult and youth competition. Look for Blossom Kite Festival. Watch expert kite flying tricks and stunts. Blossom Kite Fly 

April 6, 2024: Petalpalooza 1-9:00 pm a-full day of FUN activities for all ages going on at: Navy Yard/Ball Park Metro, Tingey Plaza, Yards Park, The Great Lawn, Diamond Teague Park.

April 6, 2024: Firework show is set to music starting at 8:30 pm. 

March 20 – April 14, 2024: Petal Porches: Pink Decorated Porches, yards and windows throughout neighborhoods. Popup party for Best Blossom Block on Sunday, April 7th. Petal Porch Map

April 13, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm and April 14, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm: Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival 24 hours of Japanese Culture, performances, food, and fun.

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