The District’s famous cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin have reached peak bloom, the National Park Service announced with great excitement on Monday.
The blooming of these trees that came from Japan as a gift in 1912 are celebrated every year as symbols of the city’ natural beauty and the beginning of spring.
In recent weeks, experts predicted that the cherry blossoms would reach peak bloom between March 22 and March 25 this year.
The occurrence may be watched in real time through the Bloom Cam online 24/7 with a view from the roof of the Mandarin Oriental.
PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM! PEAK BLOOM!
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— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) March 21, 2022
The peak bloom date is a short period, when 70 percent of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open, and lasts only a few days. It depends on weather conditions every year and usually takes place between the last week of March and the first week of April.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place fully in-person in 2022 after largely virtual celebrations in the past two years due to the coronavirus crisis.
The festival will rucn from March 20 to April 17, and its famous parade that spans 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue Northwest will occur on April 9. It also features an opening ceremony, a parade, and lively events including a pink tie party, and a kite festival.