Best Sign of Spring: Peak Cherry Blossom Bloom Dates Announced – March 31-April 3!!

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Ian Livingston

@NationalMallNPS with the big news:

“And the projected peak bloom dates are…March 31-April 3! Spring is on the way! #CherryBlossomDC #bloomwatch”

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  • Awesome! I’m running the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday the 4th. It should be amazing! 😀

    • accendo

      Sunday (and the race) are on the 3rd this year. Hopefully it’s a full 10 miles and not cut short like last year.

      • Thanks for the edit, yes you’re correct.
        Why was it cut short last year? This is my first time running it. The directions are very clear that you will be yanked from the 10 mile race if you’re running slower than a 14 minute pace.

        • accendo

          Congrats on your first time – it’s a great race and if these dates are right for peak bloom, it will be really beautiful.
          The race was cut short last year due to an auto-pedestrian accident that happened on the course the morning of the race, resulting in a last-minute change. So everyone ran like 9.3 or 9.4 instead of 10 last year, but yes, they are super strict on the timing as well.

    • Kukki Bakemono

      I’m running the 10 miler this year, as well, and am extremely excited the peak will coincide with the run!

    • justinbc

      I ran it during peak bloom one year, one of my favorite races to date.

  • Kukki Bakemono

    Awwww yeeeahh! Almost time for some cherry blossom cupcakes and the perennial hope of stumbling upon a random samurai battle-to-the-death amongst falling cherry blossom petals (please let it happen this year).

  • justinbc

    I’ve never really paid attention to it, but about how long do they last on the trees after peak bloom? I’m getting married at The Jefferson Memorial the weekend after.

    • Peak bloom is when 70% of the blossoms are open. A few days on either side of peak bloom look an awful lot like peak bloom. Generally there are still blossoms out for a while, unless there is a lot of rain and/or wind. I would think you’ll be fine the weekend after and the forecast can still shift.
      I ran the 10 miler the year peak bloom was over by the end of March, I think the race was the 2nd weekend of April, and it was depressing. There was nothing left, but there had been some really bad weather that took a lot of the blooms off the trees. Hopefully that won’t be the case this year.

    • Most will be on the ground. Any remaining on the trees will be very wilted and sad looking. Last year, I went a few days after peak bloom and it just wasn’t as nice as peak bloom.
      That said, you will probably be treated to a bed of flowers on the grass so long as the winds remain calm. So there’s potential for some very lovely photos. If you want pics with the blooms, I recommend getting to the Mall at sunrise on the Friday April 1 for a photo session.

      • justinbc

        Yeah we have a separate photo session scheduled with our photographer for both peak bloom (whenever it is) and the actual wedding date.

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