WASHINGTON, DC – The National Park Service announced Wednesday that peak bloom will occur between March 14-17. They said this could be the earliest peak bloom date on record. In recent years it has occurred on March 25 in 2016, and April 10 in 2014 and 2015.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival announced that events will begin five days early on Wednesday March 15 to coincide with the early bloom.
Daily Events: March 15 – April 2
- Tidal Basin Welcome Area 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Information, food, souvenirs, and first aid.
- East Potomac Park Shuttle 10 a.m. – 7 p.m
- Junior Ranger Activity Zone 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
- History, fun, games, activities and culture.
- Located at the F.D.R Memorial
- Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk – Jefferson Memorial 10 a.m.,12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Meet at the plaza in front of the Jefferson Memorial
- Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk – F.D.R Memorial 11 a.m.,1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
- Meet at the F.D.R Memorial bookstore
The National Park Service says due to limited public parking, they encourage all visitors to take the Metro or bike to the festival. The closest Metro stop to the Tidal Basin is the Smithsonian station followed by L’Enfant Plaza, and Federal Triangle. Visitors can also use the D.C. Circulator (National Mall route) to attend festival events. The closest stops near the cherry blossoms includes the Holocaust Museum and Jefferson Memorial.