DC Cherry Blossoms 2020

Mar 27, 2007
Columbia, MD
DC Cherry Blossoms 2020
National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 20 - April 12, 2020

National Cherry Blossom Festival (Facebook)

2020 Bloom Watch

Cherry Blossom Festival (National Park Service)

Bloom Watch (National Park Service)

Blossom Kite Festival
March 28, 2020

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Petalpalooza - National Cherry Blossom Festival
April 11, 2020

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 4, 2020

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Once again this year the work on the Jefferson Memorial will be taking place during the Cherry Blossom Festival, as that work is not expected to be complete until May of this year.

National Park Service battles with microbial growth on Jefferson Memorial

Parts of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial will be closed to the public as the National Park Service begins a 15-month restoration project.

The east side of the memorial will be closed for construction staging, but visitors will be able to access the front of the memorial, including the chamber with the Thomas Jefferson statue. The front steps, accessible route, restrooms and the elevator will remain open as well.

The restoration is expected to be complete by May 2020.

National Park Service begins roof restoration, laser cleaning of Jefferson Memorial

Access to the front of the memorial, including the steps, accessible route, chamber with the statue of Thomas Jefferson, exhibit area, restrooms and elevator will remain open to the public during the duration of the project. Some areas, however, like the east side of the memorial, will be closed for construction staging.
I hope we have a good year for the blossoms! Some years we get rained out or the wind wreaks havoc, and other years we are blessed with several days or longer of their beauty. I am hoping to get down to the Tidal Basin this year and do a little shooting. For various reasons it has been several years now that I haven't been down there and I miss the fun of it all! Too bad about the Jefferson Memorial, that means no good opportunities for wonderful sunrise photos over the memorial this year, as who wants scaffolding and such marring the potential impact of the image?

Best time to get down there is early in the morning, as once the tourists start arriving everything becomes very crowded quite quickly and it is extremely difficult to get decent shots. There's always someone right in the way! On the other hand, it's kind of fun, too, listening to them, watching them ogling everything and ooh-and-ahhing over the Jefferson Monument, the sight of the Washington Monument in the distance, the nearness of other important monuments, and of course the beauty of the cherry blossoms themselves. I do wonder, though, how many people go home and find that they are disappointed with the photos they shot with their cell phones? Anyway, Cherry Blossom time in DC is indeed a festive and wonderful introduction to the arrival of Spring in our area!

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