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!
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.
Last updated: March 26, 2019