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Cherry Blossoms Will Hit Peak Bloom March 23-24, a Little Later Than Forecast

DC’s cherry trees will hit peak bloom on March 23, the National Park Service says, five days later than it had forecast earlier this month.

The Park Service said on March 8 that the blooms would peak between March 18-23, which would have been one of the earliest bloom dates on record. March 23 is still pretty early. The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s opening ceremony is scheduled for March 26.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.