This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree -- an 84-foot tall White Fir -- is scheduled to be harvested Oct. 25 from the Six Rivers National Forest in California. System Transport will then use its new Kenworth T680 Next Gen equipped with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper to transport the tree on its 3,300-mile route.
“It is an honor for System Transport to be selected to deliver the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree,” said Dennis Williams, president and CEO, Trans-System. “We expect a very memorable journey and look forward to sharing the Tree with people at the many events and out on the highway.”
The community celebrations will take place from Oct. 29–Nov. 16 throughout California and across the U.S. and culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with 15,000 handmade ornaments created by Californians.
The tree will make several stops on its cross-country journey. They include:
- Oct. 29: Crescent City and Eureka, California
- Oct. 30: Willow Creek and Fortuna, California
- Oct. 31: Ukiah, California
- Nov. 1: Sausalito and Vallejo, California
- Nov. 2: Dixon, California
- Nov. 3: Sacramento and Sonora, California
- Nov. 4: Mariposa, California
- Nov. 6: Pasadena and Redlands, California
- Nov. 8: Holbrook, Arizona
- Nov. 9: Phoenix, Arizona
- Nov. 11: Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Nov. 13: Fayetteville, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri
- Nov. 16: Williamsport, Maryland
- Nov. 19: Delivery to West Lawn, U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
“Kenworth is proud to play a part in delivering the ‘People’s Tree’ to Washington, D.C. for the eighth consecutive year,” said Genevieve Bekkerus, Kenworth’s marketing director. “This cross-country tour offers numerous opportunities to see this national symbol of celebration out on the highway or at community events, and the Kenworth T680 Next Gen is the perfect truck for this important undertaking.”