Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Dates Announced

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WhatsNewDCYes, there are some political happenings this week, but the premier tourist event in Washington, D.C. is still the National Cherry Blossom Festival. During this four week festival thousands of people gather in the capital to enjoy events and gaze at the Japanese blooming blossoms.

One of the things that makes the Blossom Festival so popular is that those pesky trees only bloom for 10-14 days and the ability to predict peak bloom (when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Tidal Basin are open) only happens once the buds start tuning green. Well, now we know:

This year the peak bloom is predicted as March 18 through 23, 2016.


[Update: The original prediction of March 31-April 3 was revised due to yet another warm weather spell in Washington]

The entire festival runs from March 20 through April 17 and the highest congregation of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms is around the Tidal Basin, the body of water to the south of the National Mall. This area containing the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, and MLK Memorial will be quite busy, but also quite beautiful for much of the four weeks of the festival.

TouringPlans.com will be covering the Cherry Blossom Festival this year. Look for a preview on the blog coming soon and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, or Snapchat (touringplans) over the weekend of April 1-3, 2016 for live coverage.



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Brian McNichols

In addition to blogging, I also do some analyzin' here at Touring Plans. I am a travel nut, planning nut, Disney nut, wall nut. Husband of 1, father of 2. Hilariously funny in my own mind. Find me on Twitter @YesThatBrian if you like really dumb jokes.

One thought on “Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Dates Announced

  • March 14, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    One thing I think people should be aware of if down at the Tidal Basin in peak times is safety. If it is really nice out, and the trees are in full bloom, there will be A LOT of people down there.

    Around the TB, there are no railings, and a lot of the walkways are right up on the water. I would beware of people around you: on their phones, looking at the trees, taking pics, strollers, and just not paying attention.

    I was always in fear of being bumped into the water, and had a few close calls. There are a lot of terrible, self absorbed drivers in DC; and people walk they way they drive. Safety first!


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