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Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms – Anticipated Peak Bloom in 2024

(Last Updated On: March 19, 2024)

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced a projected peak bloom period for Washington, D.C.’s beloved cherry blossoms: between March 23rd and March 26th, 2024. This prediction comes despite the unique challenge of an unusually warm January, which disrupted the cherry trees’ typical dormancy period.

Understanding Peak Bloom

The NPS defines “peak bloom” as when at least 70% of the cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin have blossomed. This annual display of light pink flowers signifies the arrival of spring in the nation’s capital. The Tidal Basin, boasting over 3,000 cherry trees, owes its famous spring scenery to Tokyo’s Mayor Yukio Ozaki.  In 1912, he gifted our nation’s capital with the cherry trees.  The collection primarily consists of Yoshino and Kwanzan varieties, with the Kwanzan trees blooming about two weeks after the Yoshinos, strategically extending the viewing window for visitors.

A Look at Historical Blooms

Over the past two decades, peak bloom for the cherry blossoms has been remarkably reliable, consistently falling in late March or early April. However, in recent years, peak bloom occurred on March 21st, 2022, and March 23rd, 2023, despite the varying weather conditions.

Elevating Your Cherry Blossom Experience

Hotels across Washington, D.C., also prepare for another cherry blossom season by offering unique packages and experiences. As the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Premier Hotel Provider, Hilton has various options to complement your spring experience.  Choose from over 100 properties in the D.C. area, including landmarks like the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC, or enjoy contemporary comfort at the Washington Hilton. Participating hotels will feature special Cherry Blossom packages with complimentary perks and exclusive discounts.  Find your perfect match to celebrate spring.

Unwind in a floral wonderland at Conrad D.C. or soak in modern luxury at The Westin. YOTEL provides a stylish home base with award-winning dining and rooftop views. Explore the blossoms and celebrate spring in style!

The Cherry Blossom Festival

Coinciding with the expected peak bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from March 20th to  April 14th, 2024.  The festival starts with the Pink Tie Party on March 15th, followed by the Bloom Kite Festival on March 30th, where attendees can celebrate the season by flying kites. 

Petalpalooza is a free, full-day event with live music, interactive art installations, and engaging activities along the scenic Anacostia River on April 6th. Directly following will be the Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show capping off the evening. It is set to music for an unforgettable experience. These events provide entertainment and a way for visitors to interact with the beauty of the cherry blossoms and participate in a longstanding Washington, D.C. tradition.

A Welcoming Spring Awaits

Residents and tourists celebrating spring’s arrival with shared anticipation surrounding the 2024 cherry blossom peak bloom in Washington, D.C., don’t have long to wait. Offering a variety of activities and accommodations designed to enhance the cherry blossom experience, the capital city is ready to welcome spring with open arms and the backdrop of its famed cherry trees.

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