As spring beats back winter, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is ripe with events. This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the gift of thousands of cherry trees from Japan as a symbol of friendship with the United States. Peak bloom is expected between April 8 and April 12. Check back here for the latest on this season's pink and white festivities.
Cherry blossom peak datesThe District's famed cherry trees are expected to be at their peak bloom, with 70 percent of the trees flowering, between April 8 and April 12.
The grip of harsh winter on the region doesn't want to let go and Washington's cherry blossoms, known for their brilliant pink signature on the early spring landscape, are still hibernating.Read more here.