Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival, The best views
The 2021 Washington DC National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20, 2023, through April 16, 2023. 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 2023
Peak Blooms March 20, 2023-April 16, 2023
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.
2023 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
2023 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 TBD, 2023: The Blossom Kite Festival will be held virtually this year and will be full of workshops and Demos. Look for Blossom Kite Festival. Watch expert kite flying tricks and stunts. Blossom Kite Fly to be March 27th & 28th
March TBD, 2023: Last Day to Enter in the Petal Porch Parade Contest. Pedal Porch Entry Rules
March TBD-April TBD, 2023: New this Year: Pedal Porch Parade Tour. Follow the map of locations around your neighborhood to see porches, yards, or windows decorated in the theme of spring. #Stepintospring
March TBD, 2023: The opening ceremony, will be held Virtually. This event is full of talented entertainment and will come straight to your living room. See Traditional and contemporary performances from American and Japanese artists
March TBD, 2023: Art in Bloom. The hunt for 25 Cherry Blossom Sculptures featuring local and national artists
March TBD, 2023: Pink Tie Party, Fundraiser, cocktail party. Featuring cuisine, live music, dancing
April TBD, 2023: Paws Petals Virtual Parade. Submit a 10-second video of your dog with their Best Cherry Blossom outfit by March TBD. Submit Pet Video here
April TBD, 2023: Celebration Show 8:00pm-9:00pm 1 hour-long Spring Celebration @ gatherthedistrict.com
April TBD, 2023: 12:00 pm The Cherry Blossom Celebration Show Continues virtually on ABC
2023: The National Cherry Blossom Parade. Not Scheduled this year
Most events are free for any additional information go to The National Cherry Blossom Festival website
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