The cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. have started to bud.
J. David Ake, AP

The much-anticipated projected dates for peak bloom of the cherry trees on the National Mall are in. According to the National Park Service, Washington's crowd-pleasing blossoms will peak March 17 to March 20.

The peak bloom date is defined as the time period during which 70% of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open, the Park Service says.

The Park Service typically can’t make a prediction more than 10 days in advance.

The bloom date is highly dependent on weather conditions. This year’s peak bloom is earlier than usual. Typically, it doesn’t happen until the last week of March and the first week of April, the Park Service explains on its website.

That said, peak bloom happened on March 15 in 1990. It occurred as late as April 18 in 1958. Warm or cool temperatures result in those extremes, the Park Service says. And a late frost can completely prevent them from blooming.

The length of the blooming depends on weather conditions but usually last several days and brings droves of tourists to Washington, D.C.

Several events happen during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, including a parade. The most popular place to see the trees is the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial. But there are plenty of other places to see blossoms, such as around the Washington Monument, according to, the official website for Destination D.C.

And the entire city celebrates, with many hotels and restaurants offering cherry blossom-themed specials.