In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC. This gift and the annual celebrations honor the lasting friendship between the US and Japan during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival has grown to become the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.
This festival welcomes more than 1.5 million people who come to enjoy the programing and come see the trees in peak bloom. The peak bloom date is defined as the day that 70% if the blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin are open. The date varies from year to year and depends on the weather conditions. In light of the cooler temperatures that have continued longer than expected, the peak bloom prediction is April 8-12.
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