National Japanese American Memorial Foundation

24th Annual and 2nd Annual Virtual National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk

This year marks the 80th anniversary of FDR signing Executive Order 9066 which incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. Our theme is “Dissenting Voice to EO 9066: Eleanor Roosevelt.” David B. Woolner, Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute will share insights and reflections on her opposition to EO 9066.


What began with a gift in 1912 at the Tidal Basin is now a four-week extravaganza spanning Washington, DC, and neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia. Click the filters on our interactive map to see all that the Festival has to offer and craft a tailored experience as you Rediscover Spring. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants to vibrant Art in Bloom installations, and a jaw-dropping City in Bloom to joyful Petal Porches, see the Washington, DC area as you can only see it once a year!