Washington's Grandest Springtime Tradition!

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 2019, the Tidal Basin Welcome Area of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be open on the weekends from March 23rd-24th through April 13th-14th. The Welcome area will be open the week of peak bloom as well and this will be announced on March 6th. Use this site to help plan your visit! 

Cherry blossoms with the Washington Monument in the background

Bloom Watch

When are the cherry trees expected to bloom? Check here for projected dates and more!

Park ranger talks to visitors under cherry tree blossoms

Ranger Tours and Programs

Join a ranger for a talk or tour about the cherry blossoms. We've even got programs for Junior Rangers and Bark Rangers!

Closeup of a cherry blossom

A Field Guide to the Cherry Trees

Can't tell your Yoshinos from your Usuzumis? We've got you covered here!

A Japanese woman in cultural attire stands in front of a Japanese stone lantern

Events and Activities

The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs over five weekends with a parade, Japanese cultural events, fireworks and much, much more!

Turn of the century photo of Japanese visitors at the cherry blossoms

An International Gift of Friendship

Learn how over the last 100 years the cherry blossoms have become Washington's grandest springtime tradition.

Last updated: March 26, 2019