2- 9:30 PM; Fireworks display 8:30 PM (weather permitting)
2 – 9:30 PM
District Wharf – 600-650 Water Street, SW (map)
6 – 9 PM
Titanic Memorial, Southwest Waterfront Park (map)
Join us from 2 – 9:30 PM at the District Wharf for live music, beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more
Join us from 6 – 9 PM at The Titanic Memorial for pre-fireworks entertainment
Check back soon for additional event details.
We strongly encourage attendees to take public transportation to the Waterfront area.
Metrorail- Orange/Blue lines to L’Enfant Plaza (0.7 miles to the Festival) or Green line to Waterfront (0.3 miles to the Festival)
Metrobus- There are many options for bus routes near the Festival site. Use the Trip Planner
There is no public event parking on Water Street, SW. Please utilize area parking lots on 4th Street, SW and by L’Enfant Plaza.
Attendees can access the Festival at multiple entry points, including the intersection of Maine Ave. SW and M St. SW as well as via several access points along 4th St SW towards Waterfront Park.
Fireworks Viewing Information: Attendees are encouraged to view the fireworks display along the waterfront closest to the Titanic Memorial. While there will be many vantage points along the waterfront the Waterfront Park is an ideal location. Please proceed to this area well in advance of the show for your safety and exit on walkways to 4th Street SW. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be postponed to the following evening, Sunday, April 16 at 8:30 PM.
10 AM – 4:30 PM
Grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue (Map)
Please note: drones are prohibited at this event.
The rain date is Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Click here to view photos from the 2016 Blossom Kite Festival.
Congratulations to last year’s Kite Competition Winners:
Metro: Smithsonian, Orange/Blue lines. Use Trip Planner.
10 AM – Noon
Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW
Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views.
Individual tickets will be on sale starting December 12, 2016.
Group tickets are now available for groups of 10 or more.
One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant 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. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade.
Click here to view photos from the 2016 Parade.
Metro: The one-mile length of the Parade route is accessible from multiple Metro stations. Ticketholders should confer their ticket purchase confirmation email that contains explicit instructions on how to walk from Metro to their seats. Spectators who are standing along the free & accessible portions of the route from 9th to 15th Streets should utilize the following Metro stops • To stand on the north side of Constitution Avenue – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver lines) or Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver lines) • To stand on the south side of Constitution Avenue – L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)
Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s new National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Changes will be made to the traditional route for the Parade, so riders are encouraged to check the DC Circulator website regularly for up-to-date information regarding the DC Circulator National Mall route service updates.
Multiple Capital Bikeshare stations are conveniently located for Parade attendees. For a complete list of Capital Bikeshare stations in the area, visit the Capital Bikeshare website. Anyone can ride for just $8 per day, $17 for 3 days, $30 for a month or $85 annually. Take a bike from any station, enjoy your ride, and return it to the station of your choice. Trips under 30 minutes are free.
1 PM – 5 PM
Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive & Good Hope Road SE (Map)
The Anacostia River Festival is presented by the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Funds for the Anacostia River Festival are provided in part by Bloomberg. Other supporters include City First Bank of DC, MRP Realty, The JBG Companies and National Capital Bank.
Metro: Anacostia – Use Trip Planner
Anacostia Station (green line). Exit toward the parking garage to walk to the Festival site (approx. 7 min).
Free shuttles available from both Anacostia Metro (at the Howard Rd exit) and Eastern Market Metro (orange/blue/silver lines) to the Festival site.
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Washington Monument Grounds, 15th and Constitution Ave., NW (Map)
Metro: Smithsonian Use the Trip Planner
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location:The Yards Park 355 Water Street SE Washington DC 20003 (Map)
The Capitol Riverfront BID invites you to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at our Lantern Making Day in Yards Park! There will be two lantern-making sessions at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Other entertainment includes performances in Marshal Arts, Japanese Drumming, Moon Bounce, and more. Come celebrate Spring and the National Cherry Blossom Festival! “Visit the Yards Park website” (http://www.yardspark.org) for directions, transportation options, and the latest details.
METRO: Navy Yard- Use the Trip Planner
11 AM – 1 PM, 3 – 5 PM
Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way (map)
Pre-registration on-line. $28.oo per seat.
Metro- The Sully Historic House is located in Fairfax Virginia, 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
11 AM- 2 PM
Washington Monument Grounds, 17th Ave and Constitution Ave NW (Map)
Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic grants wishes for children in our region ages 2 ½ through 18 who are deemed medically eligible by a medical professional. The conditions we work closely with include, but are not limited to, cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease.
Walk For Wishes will feature local celebrities, games, facepainting, crafts, an opportunity to hear more about the wish experience and a lap around the picturesque National Mall. We invite the public to join us the day of the event, but also encourage pre-registration and fundraising at www.WalkForWishesDC.org.
Metro: Smithsonian Use the Trip Planner
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Young Readers Center (LJ-G29) Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress 10 First Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540 (Map)
The program, presented by the Library’s Asian Division and the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress, introduces children and adults to Japanese culture through hands-on origami artwork creation, trying on kimonos and other activities. Cherry Blossom princesses from the last few years will instruct children in the art of tiara-making. At 11 AM and 1:30 PM the Japan-America Society of Washington DC will present “Japan in a Suitcase,” a program about Japanese life and culture, including Japanese cuisine. Following each of these presentations, Tsuyoshi Takemori of DC Yamato-juku Karate Club will demonstrate karate. The Library’s Young Reader’s Center will provide an opportunity for children to explore the center’s library of current and classic books. ADA accomodation up to five days in advance at 202.707.6362 or ADA@loc.gov.