Cherry Blossoms: Peak Bloom from March 26-30
The 2013 Cherry Blossom season will start at the end of March.
If your mind is looking toward the Spring already, you may be excited to hear the peak bloom for the 2013 cherry blossoms is expected to come March 26 through 30, the National Park Service (NPS) announced this week.
The peak bloom is when 70 percent of the blossoms are open and the average peak bloom date is April 4.
This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees from Japan to the United States. In 1912 Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees of several varieties to Washington, DC. Many of those trees were planted around the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and on the White House property, according to the NPS.
The very first "Cherry Blossom Festival" was held in 1935 and continues annually. The 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 20 through April 14, including The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13.
To make sure you do not miss the peak bloom, the National Park Service has created a live web cam of the Tidal Basin. Now you can monitor the bloom progress to decide when to plan your trip.
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