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Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

History and Significance

In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. In Japan the flowering cherry tree or “Sakura” is an exalted flowing plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

Peak Bloom Forecast

The term peak bloom refers to a specific day when 70% of the blooms are open. So the   peak bloom day will change due to current weather conditions; warmer and it may be sooner, cooler and the day may be pushed back  The National Park Service estimated that the peak bloom time is between April 8 and 12th . The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang predicts between April 7 and April 11, centered on April 9th.

Where to See the Trees

There are approximately 3800 cherry trees growing in three park locations in Washington DC: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Click here to see a map.

2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival® will kick off on Thursday, March 20, and run through Sunday, April 13. It incorporates a number of events and activities, such as a parade, fireworks, concerts, and special exhibits that take their theme from the cherry blossoms. You can find more information at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s official website.

Getting Around DC

With the large number of visitors attracted by the cherry blossoms, the areas around the monuments and tidal basin are extremely congested. Better to take the metro into DC and take a walking tour. Traffic is slow moving and parking is limited. Want a guided tour for yourself or a group? Call Professional Livery Worldwide at 888-578-5466 to schedule a chauffeur who will navigate effortlessly so you can view the beautiful cherry blossoms with your family and friends. Prolivery offers sedans, SUV’s, vans, and minibuses that will accommodate from one person to 31 people.