Potomac River Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C

Photographs from the Potomac River Tidal Basin including the iconic cherry blossoms



A brief history:


  • 3,000 cherry blossoms were given to Washington DC as a gift from the Mayor Jukio Ozaki of Toyko in 1912.


  • The Japanese cherry trees were give as a gift to help enhance the friendship between the United States & Japan and celebrate the continued close relationship between the two countries.


  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival has commemmorated this generous gift from Japan since 1927.


  • From modest beginnings the festival has blossomed into a truly national event welcoming around 1.5 million visitors each year over the four weekend span of the festival.


  • The official peak bloom date of the cherry blossoms is determined when 70% of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are open.


  • Typically peak bloom occurs somewhere between the last week in March and first week in April with a few exceptions due to extreme weather conditions.


  • Earliest peak bloom ever recorded was on March 15th 1990 and the latest April 18th 1958.


  • The Yoshino variety of cherry trees typically bloom for several days, but the length of the blooming period depends on weather conditions.

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