A Grand Blossoming Begins at Tidal Basin
Updated March 26, 1999
The curtain is rising on Washington’s most dazzling rite of spring.
That’s right the cherry blossoms are getting ready to burst forth, bubbling like champagne after the cork is popped.
The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival starts Sunday, March 28, and runs through April 11. Thanks to a late cold snap, the blossoms will be popping during the festival, which is rare they often are spent by late March. The blooms are expected to peak between April 5 and 8.
Blossom-watching marks the unofficial beginning of spring in the D.C. area. So pack a picnic, grab your camera and join the thousands of others who’ll flock to the Tidal Basin and its surrounding area over the next two weeks.
Your first step is to your car, which you’ll lock and leave untouched. You won’t need it and don’t want it unless you want to sit trapped near the Tidal Basin in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Bad traffic can crop up in along the basin at any time. But combine a warm spring day with the spectacular blossoms and gridlock is almost guaranteed.
While you're at it, notice the lack of parking. Congratulate yourself.
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