Cherry Blossom Festival details announced; find out the peak bloom dates

D.C.’s popular National Cherry Blossom Festival will return this month – and on Monday, organizers announced the dates the famous cherry blossoms are expected to be in peak bloom.

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According to officials, the peak bloom dates this year are expected to be April 2 through April 5.

The festival itself will run from March 20 through April 11.

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This year’s event will be held without a parade – and with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Organizers declined to provide specifics on attendance, but said additional details will be released in the "coming weeks."

They continued to promote virtual offerings surrounding the event.

Weeks after the novel coronavirus arrived in the D.C. area last year, the Cherry Blossom Festival was canceled.

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Nevertheless, despite orders from District officials – the Tidal Basin was overrun with people who wanted to see the cherry blossoms.

In response, the National Guard and D.C. police blocked off the entrances to the Tidal Basin in an effort to curb onlookers.