Cherry Blossom Activities, Washington DC

washington monument during cherry blossom blooming in washington dc

Washington DC has much for you to do and to see when you visit the Nation’s Capitol, but many travel far and wide to be able to get a peak at the beautiful Cherry Blossoms every year. Unfortunately, the blooming process does not last too long so you have to stay up to date on when they will be expected to bloom. One of perks of visiting Washington Dc is you can book guided tours, guided cherry blossom tours as well. This is a sure set way to be able to get all the information about the capitol, and to not miss out on any of the beauty that awaits you while you are there. The National Cherry Festival will not be hosting an Air Show in 2021. We are looking forward to welcoming back the National Cherry Festival Air Show in 2022. In 2021, Washington DC’s famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28. They’re now done for the year. The 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled to run from March 20 to April 17. The best time to plan your trip to see the Cherry Blossoms is in the month of April. Although blossoms will start to open before then, the first week of April is predicted to be the best time to see the flowers at their fullest this year. Peak bloom typically happens in Washington, D.C. between the last week of March and the first week of April. In this article we will go over some activities you can do while you are here to see the Blossoms, let’s get started!

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats

Get ready to paddle your way around the Tidal Basin and spend some time with Thomas Jefferson! Soak up the sun and make monumental memories on the water in a paddle boat. Visit in March and April to experience thousands of cherry trees in full bloom, and fill your summer days with leisurely peddling, picturesque views, and picnics in the park. Visitors to the Tidal Basin may rent paddle boats daily from spring until fall between 10 am and 5 pm. Even though you cannot paddle into the Tidal Basin by the Jefferson Memorial (located past the Memorial Bridge and before the 14th Street Bridge), the pretty little trees can be seen surrounding the shoreline, and the cockpit of your kayak offers welcome seclusion from the crowds. The Tidal Basin is a reservoir, partially man-made, situated between the Potomac River and Washington Channel. The calmer waters provide an excellent space for those just getting started on a paddleboard. he concept of the Tidal Basin originated in the 1870s to serve both as a visual centerpiece and as a means for flushing the Washington Channel, a harbor separated from the Potomac River by fill lands where East Potomac Park is situated.

Blossom Kite Festival

Something is so magical thinking about flying a kite, it takes you back to your childhood and reminds you how amazing life can be if you just focus on the moment. The Blossom Kite Festival, formerly the Smithsonian Kite Festival, is an annual kite event usually held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in late March during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. If you can take a moment to just envision what the sky would look like filled with thousands of kites flying around with many different shapes and colors. The beauty of this event is almost hard to describe, it is definitely worth seeing in person.  Kite fliers of all ages from across the United States and the world gather to fly handmade kites and compete to win prizes during this event and make life long memories with those they hold closest. The Kite Festival features a handmade kite competition for children and adults, with awards given in categories such as most artistic, most humorous and most patriotic. Other highlights include a Hot Tricks kite flying competition and the popular Rokkaku Kite battle, in which Japanese-style kites battle each other for sole command of the sky. If you are looking for a fun family day during your visit do not miss this kite festival, it is fun for all ages!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The 1-mile parade route travels along historic Constitution Avenue, beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th Street. Along the way it passes the National Archives, the Department of Justice, Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument and the White House. One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Grand colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival!

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and it brings together performers from all over the country and Japan along with 30 hours of live musical and dance performances and over 200 martial artists who will be demonstrating their skills on the stage. A particularly calming and special way to take in the festival is with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony held under the cherry blossom trees. At night, many festivals will be decorated with paper lanterns throughout the trees, maintaining the beauty of the flowers into the night. The original purpose of the Japanese cultural festival is to thank God. The etymology of the word “Matsuri” is also “enshrined.” Matsuri refers to the comfort, prayer, show gratitude to the ritual of Nature, and it originates from the indigenous God (Shamanism), Shinto, or Buddhism. Although the Japanese tradition is called hanami, many of the individual festivals and associated celebrations — both in and outside Japan — are named Sakura-Matsuri (literally meaning “cherry blossom tree festival”) or some variant. . Most commonly, sakura bloom in Spring, which is generally between March and May.

Capitol Express Tours; Cherry Blossom Tours

Capitol Express Tours in Washington DC, is one of the best places to book a guided tour anytime of year, but especially during the Blooming season of the Cherry Blossoms! Capitol Express knows exactly where you will want to visit and the activities that you and your family will enjoy the most. Book your tour with them today to ensure that you will make the most of your time in Washington DC, and can gain so much knowledge from those that are local and are employed with the company. Do not miss your chance to experience the beauty of Cherry Blossom season in DC, and book your guided cherry blossom tour now!