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Cherry Blossom Festival Parking in DC 2024

Nothing says the beginning of springtime like The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC! This spring celebration all came about thanks to a generous gift from the mayor of Tokyo, when he gifted the city of Washington, DC with 3,000 cherry trees in 1912. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates this gift and the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan. Each year, the Cherry Blossom Festival draws well over a million people to Washington, DC. Here’s what you need to know heading into this year’s celebrations and how you can plan ahead with Cherry Blossom Festival parking.

DC Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

The festival itself runs from March 20 – April 14, and the National Park Service anticipates peak bloom in late March, depending on the weather. Right now, it’s too early to tell, as peak bloom is almost impossible to forecast more than 10 days in advance. “Peak bloom” refers to the point when 70% of the cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin bloom. You can find more information on the peak bloom forecast on the official website of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

If you’re driving or parking at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, you’ll definitely want to plan ahead and reserve parking in advance. Here are your best bets for parking near top viewing spots and Cherry Blossom Festival events:

Tidal Basin Parking

The Tidal Basin is the main viewing area for cherry blossoms, with over 1,700 cherry trees surrounding the basin. Given how popular this spot is, parking can be a challenge, especially during peak bloom days. Be sure to plan ahead and reserve your spot today. Here are our top recommendations for Tidal Basin parking (adjust to your preferred date and time):

Tip: Save money by going on a weekday!

National Mall Parking

The National Mall is another popular viewing spot for cherry blossoms. Parking near the National Mall is a bit easier than the Tidal Basin during this busy time, but we’d still recommend planning ahead to reserve your parking spot. Here are our top recommendations for National Mall parking (adjust to your preferred date and time):

2024 Cherry Blossom Festival Parking

If you’re heading to any of the festival events, find all of the details below, including our recommendations for Cherry Blossom Festival parking.

Pink Tie Party

About: The annual Pink Tie Party is a fundraiser benefiting the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Date & Time: March 15, 2024 7:00 -11:00 p.m.

Location: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Cost: $250 general admission – Find details here

Opening Ceremony Parking

About: Kick off the 2024 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers in this celebration of the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. For a full line-up of performers, check out the official Cherry Blossoms Festival page.

Date & Time: March 23, 2024, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Location: Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street, NW

Cost: Free – Advance ticketing required- Click here for details

Blossom Kite Festival Parking

About: The annual Blossom Kite Festival features a variety of competitions and demonstrations from kite makers and flyers from across the US and other countries, plus Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kite or make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field.

Date & Time: March 30, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Grounds of the Washington Monument near 15th St and Constitution Avenue, NW

Cost: Free

Petalpalooza Parking

About: This year’s Petalpalooza is held at the Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood and transforms into a one-day-only springtime spectacle. Enjoy a full day of live music, a beer garden, fireworks, and fun activities for the whole family.

Date & Time: April 6, 2024, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Yards Park, 355 Water Street, SE

Cost: Free

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk Parking

About: The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk are premier road races for runners kicking off the spring running season. Proceeds from the event support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Click here for more information on the race.

Date & Time: April 7, 2024 at 9:15 a.m.(5K Run-Walk), and April 7, 2024 at 7:30 a.m. (10-miler)

Location: Washington Monument Grounds

You can find the course maps here.

Entry Fees: Registration is now closed, but the race is free to spectators!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Parking

About: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of DC’s largest spectator events. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, the 10-block long parade features giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, and celebrity entertainers.

Date & Time: April 13, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Constitution Avenue, from 7th to 17th streets, NW

Cost: Grandstand seating starts at $25 – purchase tickets here. Standing along the parade route is FREE, along Constitution Avenue, between 9th and 15th streets, NW. Arrive early for the best views.

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If you have any questions on Cherry Blossom Festival parking, give us a call at (844)324-7768!