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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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7 Inspirational Quotes About Home Sweet Home Curated from my Instagram Feed

As an inspirational tribute to what “home sweet home” means to most of us, especially during a time where people are flocking in droves towards the real estate market due to low mortgage rates, plus also staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve curated the following visual home-themed quotes from my social media channels to help remind us why the concept of home means so much to us all.

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Marine Corps Memorial Photo’s 75th Anniversary

One of my favorite public spaces in Arlington is the Marine Corps War Memorial (or Iwo Jima statue). It offers an amazing view of the memorials on the National Mall and of course the annual July 4 fireworks.

Today, Feb. 23, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary the iconic photo taken by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press of the flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi memorialized by the statue.

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5 Arlington Organizations To Support On #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities (and often stylized as #GivingTuesday), is a chance to help local charities right here in Arlington.

This year Giving Tuesday is on December 3. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. 

You can demonstrate generosity in many ways on Giving Tuesday. Whether it’s by giving some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.  

There are some 150 organizations in Arlington, VA, that could use your help and are part of #GivingTuesday. You can find them on Giving Tuesday’s What’s Happening Near Me page.
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Arlington Instagram Style

I regularly scour Instagram to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of a few great Instagram finds about Arlington history, including:

  • Establishing Arlington’s first responders
  • Black history moments in our community

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