Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

History and Significance

This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees from Japan as a symbol of friendship with the United States. In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. In Japan the flowering cherry tree or “Sakura” is an exalted flowing plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

Peak Bloom Forecast

The term peak bloom refers to a specific day when 70% of the blooms are open. So the   peak bloom day will change due to current weather conditions; warmer and it may be sooner, cooler and the day may be pushed back  The National Park Service estimated that the peak bloom time is between April 11th and 14th.

Where to See the Trees

There are approximately 3800 cherry trees growing in three park locations in Washington DC: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Click here to see a map.

2015 National Cherry Blossom Parade

Date: Saturday April 11, 2015

Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW (map)
Cost: Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views. Here is a link to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s official website.

Getting Around DC

With a projected 1.5 million visitors expected this year to see the cherry blossoms, the areas around the monuments and tidal basin will be more congested than normal. Better options than driving is to take the metro into DC and take a walking tour. Traffic is slow moving and parking is limited.


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