Cherry Blossoms of Washington D.C.


Sean Pavone

Washington DC in Spring

Every year, around the last week of March, people flock to Washington D.C., around the Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, Hanis Point, East Potomac Park, and on the grounds of the Washington Monument (, all with one thing in mind: cherry blossoms.

The trees that bloom in the nation’s capital came all the way from Japan in 1912 as a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington, D.C. Now, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held on March 27 to appreciate the gift and welcome spring (Wikipedia )

Cherry Blossoms 2022

There are around 3,000 trees in total in Washington D.C., and on average they bloom from the last week in March to the first week of April. Every year enthusiasts watch closely, tracking the progress of the blooms. In the past few years, warmer temperatures towards the end of winter have made the trees bloom earlier in the year, and the predictions for peak bloom of 2022 from the National Park Service was March 22-25 ( )

The National Cherry Blossom Festival 2022 ran from March 20 to April 17 and included events such as a Parade (April 9), Sakura Matsuri- a Japanese Street Festival (April 9-10), and PetalPalooza (April 16).

If you ever happen to find yourself in the nation’s capital around the end of March, be sure to take some time to take a stroll and admire the beauty of the little pink blooms as they welcome the start of springtime.