April 11, 2015 - April 22, 2015

Shown above are the dates for the 2015 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival held in Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ. This natural exhibit is without question, one of the most beautiful spring displays in the NYC metro area. More details about festival events can be found on my Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival page (click here) along with some great photos!

2015 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival Information - Click Here

The star attraction of this event are the more than 4000 cherry blossom trees. Japanese cherry blossoms are in the majority in this colorful display. Their large white blossoms put on quite a show, and are the most prominent feature of the bloom season. However, the addition of flowering Yoshino, Higan and Fuji cherries add blooms that range from pink to white in color. This variety also extends the blooming season to two weeks or more.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Thousands of visitors, both local and international, converge on the park every April to see the first reddish-white flowers bloom on the trees. The celebration of the start of the cherry blossom bloom season has been a longstanding Essex County tradition. The festival is a point of pride for Belleville, New Jersey, which identifies itself as the “Cherry Blossom Capital of America.” Cherry blossoms are a wonderful testimony to our loving Creator, who has made all things on earth for our benefit and endless delight.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

The photos above were captured at recent Cherry Blossom Festivals in Branch Brook Park (Essex County, NJ) by Don Peterson.

Directions to Branch Brook Park

Branch Brook Park - Cherry Blossoms

Via Train/Subway

Take NJ Transit or PATH Trains to Newark Penn Station. Board the Newark City Subway towards Franklin Avenue. Many stops afford easy access to the Park. For the Southern Division of the Park, exit at Park Avenue. Exit at Bloomfield Avenue to reach the Middle Division of the Park. The Northern Division is accessible from the Davenport Avenue stop. The Heller Parkway and Franklin Avenue stops leave you at the entrance to the Extension Division.

Via Bus

A variety of Bus Routes provide service to Branch Brook Park. These include NJ Transit's bus lines #11, #27, #28, #29, #72, #74, #90, #92 and #93.

Via Car

  • From the Garden State Parkway
GSP North or South to Exit 148 (Bloomfield Avenue - CR 506). Turn onto Bloomfield Avenue towards Newark and proceed approximately 2.0 Miles. Bloomfield Ave. runs through the Park. Enter the Park by making a right or left onto Lake Street.

  • From the NJ Turnpike
(NYC, Philadelphia, New England) New Jersey Turnpike North or South to Exit 15W (Route 280). Take Route 280 West Approximately 3.5 Miles to Exit 15 (Broad Street/MLK Blvd). Make a left onto State Street. Make next right onto Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Proceed .4 miles to Bloomfield Ave. Bear left onto Bloomfield Avenue. Proceed .6 miles to Lake Street. Enter the Park by making a right or left onto Lake Street.

  • From Route 78
(Allentown, PA and Points West) Take I-78 East to Exit 52 (Garden State Parkway North). Proceed Approximately 3.4 Miles to Exit 145 (Route 280). Get onto Route 280 East and proceed approximately 1.4 Miles to Exit 14A (ML King Blvd). Turn Left onto Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Proceed .5 Miles and bear left onto Bloomfield Ave. Proceed .6 miles to Lake Street. Enter the Park by making a right or left onto Lake Street.

  • From Route 80/280
(Dover, NJ and Points Northwest) From I-80 East, Take Exit 47A (Route 280). Take Route 280 East Approximately 13 Miles to Exit 14A (ML King Blvd). Turn Left onto Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Proceed .5 Miles and bear left onto Bloomfield Ave. Proceed .6 miles to Lake Street. Enter the Park by making a right or left onto Lake Street.

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