WASHINGTON, DC – Organizers of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, predict peak cherry blossom blooms between March 22-25.
Peak bloom is defined as the day when 70% of the cherry blossoms are open.
Local residents and visitors will be allowed to enjoy the cherry blossoms in person after two years of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic; last year people were encouraged to enjoy flowers practically due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival 2022 runs from March 20 to April 17.
Jeffrey Reinbold, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks for the National Park Service, announced the expected peak bloom with great fanfare as a woman dressed in pink juggled balls beside him. Reinbold was joined by DC officials, a representative from the Japanese Embassy and organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the press conference.
National Park Service employees will monitor the development of buds on the trees, as weather conditions could cause the peak bloom forecast to be revised, Reinbold said.
In 2021, cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin peaked on March 28, days ahead of schedule.
“The National Cherry Blossom Festival, like spring and the cherry trees themselves, symbolizes hope, renewal and new beginnings,” said National Cherry Blossom Festival President and CEO Diana Mayhew. at Tuesday’s press conference. “The trees, a gesture of goodwill from Tokyo to Washington, DC now, more than ever, serve as a reminder of the importance of unifying communities and sharing in the celebration of peace and international friendship.
Festival organizers encourage visitors to the Tidal Basin to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For those unable to visit DC during the festival, they can watch the trees bloom virtually using the festival Bloom watchwhich includes a BloomCam.
BloomCam, powered by EarthCam, provides a live feed from the tidal basin, allowing virtual viewing of cherry blossoms in real time. BloomCam is positioned on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Southwest DC
Ryo Kuroishi, counselor for public affairs at the Japanese Embassy in DC, noted that the 2022 festival marks the 110th anniversary of Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city in 1912.
The opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place at the Warner Theater at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Co-presented with the Japan Foundation, the celebration will include a tribute to the friendship between Japan and the United States. The event will be co-hosted by WJLA-TV meteorologist Veronica Johnson and actor and comedian Yoshi Amao.
Metro will allow customers to purchase commemorative fare cards for the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
From March 20 through April 17, DC-area neighborhoods can decorate their porches, yards, and windows in springtime decor as part of the festival’s Petal Porches event. A digital map with the locations of all registered homes will also be made available, so the public can plan a walk or drive through the neighborhoods.
The festival encourages the public to engage with the community by posting photos and videos of the cherry blossoms and events on their social media using the hashtag #RediscoverSpring. The festival will publish content on its social networks: Facebook, instagram, Twitter and Youtube.
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