Updated 3/12/2020 @ 8:45am – Peak bloom dates has been updated and guidance for impact of COVID-19.
The Japanese cherry trees flower in beautiful bright pink bringing a different perspective to the usual sights of the United States Capital. The Festival is celebrated every March around the time that the trees are at peak bloom, or when 70% of the flowers have blossomed. It is celebrated with a parade, an annual run, and other various events where thousands of people come out to witness the beauty of the cherry blossoms. This year, peak bloom is estimated to be between
March 27th and March 30th, 2020 March 21st and March 24th. This should be the best time to view the iconic cherry blossoms and should be matched with equally beautiful weather. The festival will run from March 20-April 12th 2020.
Even the President likes to check out the blossoms!
The clear answer would be the around the area of Tidal Basin in at the National Mall. This will give you the opportunity to see monuments such as the Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials backdropped by the sprawling pink flowers. You can explore on foot, by bike or scooter, or by using the $1 DC Circulator bus that makes stops at major points of interest.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is always a great time in The District and a real treat to see. Just keep in mind that the trees only blossom in a tiny window once a year!
All events have been postponed or cancelled until March 31st. Organizers are “reimagining” events and guidance will be forthcoming for events slated for April. At this time (3/12/2020), the National Mall is still open to the public and you could still independently witness this year’s bloom.
PEAK BLOOM UPDATE! – With significantly warmer than forecast temperatures over the last week and warmer than average temps expected to continue, we are now forecasting peak bloom to start in the range of March 21-24! #BloomWatch #CherryBlossomDC @CherryBlossFest pic.twitter.com/XYT2Lx8u3H— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) March 11, 2020