March 13, 2014
The National Park Service predicts most of the cherry trees circling the Tidal Basin will be in peak bloom when the National Cherry Blossom Festival begins later this month.
The park service's chief horticulturist, Rob DeFeo, says most of the trees will be bursting with pink and white blossoms from March 27 through April 3.
More than one million people are expected to attend the two-week festival, which begins March 29 and includes a parade, fireworks and cultural performances.
Most of the 3,700 cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin are descendants of those presented to the United States by Japan in 1912 as a symbol of friendly relations between the countries.