Update On This Year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Contributed by Amaya Starkey

Tens of thousands of tourists are setting their sights on attending Washington D.C.’s annual National Blossom Festival. The opening ceremony took place in downtown Washington, DC. Sunday, March 25 at the Warner Theatre.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), the infamous cherry blossoms have only reached stage three of six. The initial expectation for the cherry blossoms to peak this year was as soon as March 17.

Due to the cold weather we have experienced this month, peak bloom is projected to take place April 8-12.

Cherry blossoms peak once 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are blossoming. When they reach peak bloom, the blossoms can stay on the trees for up to 10 days, per NBC Washington.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates springtime in D.C. and commemorates the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. Trees symbolize strength and harmony, both in the U.S. and Japan.

Many attendees are hoping that the delay of the D.C. cherry blossoms means that they will possibly hit peak bloom during the actual National Cherry Blossom Festival parade.

WHUR Contributor

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