The blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. The famous trees, a gift of Japan in 1912, signal Washington's beginning of spring with an explosion of life and color that surrounds the Tidal Basin in a sea of pale pink and white blossoms. In 2018, the Tidal Basin Welcome Area of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be open from March 31-April 1 and April 7-15. Use this site to help plan your visit!
Washington's Grandest Springtime Tradition!
Events and Activities
The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs over five weekends with a parade, Japanese cultural events, fireworks and much, much more!
An International Gift of Friendship
Learn how over the last 100 years the cherry blossoms have become Washington's grandest springtime tradition.