Cherry Blossom 2013 Peak Expected March 26-30
This year's cherry blossom festival marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of the trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in DC.
The peak bloom for the 2013 cherry blossoms is expected to come March 26 through 30, the National Park Service announced Monday. 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.
What is your Cherry Blossom tradition? Do you have a favorite place for photos?