Washington D.C. is known for many things. From the historical aspect to its lively shopping and food districts, there is always something to do. This spring, make sure to cruise on over to the nation’s capital for the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019!
The cherry blossoms bring millions of visitors each year to Washington D.C. Their beautiful pink color is a stunning site to experience and see. These trees date back to 1912 when Washington D.C. received 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan. The festival is an annual reminder of the continuing relationship the two countries have.
And this year is no exception! The National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 is back again, spanning four weekends. The festival will be held from March 20th through April 14th, 2019. In addition to seeing the trees bloom, there is something for everyone in your party to participate in during this celebration.
Come help kick off the festival during the Opening Ceremony on March 23rd from 5-6:30 pm at the Warner Theatre. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch world-renowned performers with acts ranging from musical performances to the art of dance. The National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of great American and Japanese talent.
As the festival continues, bring the whole family to the eighth annual Blossom Kite Festival. Taking place on March 30th, from 10 am to 4:30 pm on the grounds of the Washington Monument, this is the perfect family-friendly event you are looking for to kick off the Spring! This festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and the skill of fliers from worldwide. There are a variety of competitions and demonstrations, including the Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring the whole family as kids will have the opportunity to make their very own kite!
Next, on April 6th, from 12-9:30 pm is the Petalpalooza! Petalpalooza has everything you need to enjoy a day outdoors! With live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show, and so much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront, what else could you ask for? Stroll along the half-mile-long stretch of The Wharf’s shops and restaurants as the National Cherry Blossom Festival transforms this waterfront community into a springtime dream!
Last, but certainly not least, wrap up this magnificent festival with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The parade stretches 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue. It features giant, colorful balloons, eye-catching floats, marching bands, celebrity entertainers, and performances that are sure to keep you wanting more. Starting at the National Archives and ending at the Washington Monument, this spectacular parade is the perfect ending to a wonderful celebration.
While you’re in town participating in these awesome events, make sure to visit the famous cherry trees located along the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the Washington Monument grounds.
With all the excitement happening around the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019, don’t forget to book your boat slip for any, or all, of these events! We recommend booking boat slips at either The Yards Marina or The Wharf Marina, as these will put you close to all the action!
The Yards Marina
The Wharf Marina
National Harbor Marina
If you prefer to stay a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of D.C., why not book your boat slip with National Harbor Marina? While staying at National Harbor Marina, you’ll be just a short ride to all the fun via public transportation, taxi, or ride share. Disclaimer: you probably won’t want to walk all the way to the cherry blossoms, but a boat ride is also an option!