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3 Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Arlington, VA

While the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., is the most popular place to see the annual cherry blossoms, this year access is being restricted due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Fortunately, you don’t have to cross the river to see beautiful cherry trees in bloom.

Here are 3 places to see cherry blossoms in Arlington, VA:

1. “Downtown” Cherrydale –Established in 1898, Cherrydale is on the National Register of Historic Places and gets its name from a large cherry orchard that was once behind the Cherrydale firehouse on Lee Highway. Now you can see dozens of cherry trees in bloom In the median of Lee Highway between North Monroe and North Lincoln streets.

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2. Cherrydale Baptist Church – A dozen mature blossoming cherry trees can be found in front of the church at the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Military Road (3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA).

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3. Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Arboretum – There are more than 400 cherry trees throughout the cemetery and the arboretum is one good place to enjoy the blooming cherry trees. Like the Memorial Amphitheater pictured at the top of this blog post☝️. Learn more about the cherry trees at Arlington National Cemetery.

Around Arlington

Of course, there are many other cherry blossoms viewing opportunities in and around Arlington, including:

  • National Landing – the areas formerly known as Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard, in Arlington, features two Art in Bloom sculptures are now on display.
  • Other Arlington neighborhoods – many neighborhoods are participating in the “Porch Parade and Pedal Procession,” in which local porches, yards, and windows are decorated with a cherry blossom theme. See photos and a map.

Outside Arlington

And, if you want to see what’s happening in D.C. you can watch the Bloom Cam, which broadcasts a live stream of the National Mall Tidal Basin from the roof of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.

Where are your favorite places in Arlington to view the cherry blossoms?

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Celebrating Veterans Day In Arlington, VA

Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11), honors all veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Celebrating Veterans Day in Arlington, VA, this year will be done a little differently because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony Live Stream

The Veterans Day National Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery — where that beautiful photo above was taken — will include the traditional wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and multiple speakers.

However, while the cemetery is open to the public, the ceremony this year will be limited to official participants. But you can watch the ceremony from anywhere with this live stream starting at 10:50 a.m.

You can learn more with the 2020 Veterans Day visitor FAQ.

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How To Register And Vote In Arlington, VA

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and we’re only six weeks away from the 2020 General Election. Do you have what you need to cast your ballot in Arlington? If not, here is how to register and vote in Arlington, VA.

3 Ways To Register To Vote in Arlington

If you’re unsure if you’re registered to vote, check your registration status online first. You can also call the Arlington Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456.

You do not need to register to vote in Virginia again if you are already registered at your current address. However, if your name or address has changed, you should update your registration to avoid delays when you vote.

1. Register To Vote Online
You can register to vote online here . The deadline to register is Oct. 13.

2. Register To Vote By Mail

You can download a voter registration application, fill it out and return it to:
Office of Voter Registration
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320
Arlington, VA 22201

Mailed applications must be postmarked by Nov. 3. But, doing it sooner is always better!

3. Register To Vote In Person

Arlington residents may also register in person at the county’s Registrar’s office (2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 320, Arlington, VA 22201) by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
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Cherrydale Fire House 100th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cherrydale Fire House on Saturday, July 20, and help to raise funds so that the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department can preserve it for another 100 years. The firehouse is a local historic landmark recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade through the Cherrydale neighborhood, followed by a celebration at the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire House, 3900 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Fill A Bag And Help Stamp Out Hunger In Arlington

Here’s an easy way that you can help to stamp out hunger. This Saturday, May 11, bag healthy non-perishable food items and place them by your mailbox before mail delivery. You may have already received a blue Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive bag in your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick up the bag and deliver it to local food banks in your community.

In Arlington, VA, the food will go to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), which distributes groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs. This year, AFAC hopes to collect 30,000 pounds of healthy non-perishable foods from Arlington residents.

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Sobering Arlington Art Exhibit Raises Awareness Of Veteran Suicides

I visited a sobering but beautiful Arlington art exhibit at American Legion Post 139 last night that raises awareness about veteran suicides. You can still see it tonight, Wednesday, March 20, at the Post, 3445 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA..

The illuminated display “22-13” by artist Scott LoBaido depicts a pair of twos facing each other covered in an American flag design, in which the white stripes feature a collage of all the wars the U.S. has participated in. The opposing numbers twos create an empty heart between them. The base includes 22 pairs of empty boots and it is surrounded by 22 life-size figures that represent the 22 veterans who take their own lives each and every day.

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