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2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. 2019-02-18T04:21:26-04:00

2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. commemorates the gifting of 3,000 cherry blossoms from Mayor Yukio Ozaki, from Tokyo, Japan. The gifting was done in 1912, and represents the lasting friendship of the two countries, emphasizing the continuing friendly relations of the two nations.

The actual transportation of the cherry blossom trees was complicated in the beginning, mainly because the first batch of 2,000 trees did not make it. But with persistence from both countries, more than 3,000 trees did make it eventually, and the first two were planted at the Tidal Basin, located in West Potomac Park.

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo Courtesy of The Smithsonian Magazine

The Event

 The actual event is planned to coincide as closely as possible with opening of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees. The actual blooming is dependent on many factors, weather being the primary determining factor. Once the Yoshino cherry trees do bloom, they can continue to bloom for as long as two weeks, unless frost, wind, or rain interfere with the natural blooming processes.

You can visit three locations where the trees are currently located: the Tidal Basin at West Potomac Park, Hains Point at East Potomac Park, and at the Washington Monument Grounds. All these locations are served and maintained by the National Park Service.

There are led tours as well as self-guided tours, depending on your preference as a guest at Washington D.C. USA Guided Tours offers a 4-hour tour that includes great views of the Potomac River, and the rest of Washington this spring. You will also be able to see historic monuments and memorials, including the US Navy Memorial, US Capitol, and the White House.

For guests who want to bicycle during their stay, there is the Blossoms By Bike tour created specifically for people who are coming over for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. This tour is suitable for all ages, and you will be biking through paths of white and pink as you pass the Potomac Tidal Basin, the East Potomac Park, and beyond.

Staying in D.C. 

Joining the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be an absolute breeze when you are staying at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington DC. The Fairfax at Embassy Row is an upscale and approachable historic icon, and has recently modernized its public spaces.

Common areas in the hotel will now allow you to relax by the fire if you wish, and do your work in any of our comfortable spaces. Collaborate with friends or colleagues, or simply enjoy the serenity of staying at one of the best hotels at the nation’s capital.

250 sleeping rooms are available year-round to guests from all over, and you can easily find something worth loving at our small-plates restaurant, The SALLY. If you have been looking for something comfortable, elegant and modern when you visit Washington DC for the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, be sure to book your stay at The Fairfax Hotel and get ready to enjoy the world-renowned Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.