Our family attended the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll and had so much fun we'd like to go again! Tickets are free and open to the public, but are available in limited quantities, so an online lottery system is in place for those who would like to attend. To win tickets, enter the White House Easter Egg Roll lottery at www.recreation.gov. The lottery opens on Friday, February 12 and will stay open for 5 days. Winners will be notified via email. Tickets in limited quantities are often available for military families as well. Check with your local USO or military base. Check out the video we made of our Easter Egg Roll photos below for a glimpse of our day in DC. Good luck!
About the White House Easter Egg Roll
The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.
Date: Monday, March 28, 2016, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 456-7041. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process.
White House Easter Egg Roll Tickets
Tickets are distributed free of charge via an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate. All attendees must have a ticket. The ticket lottery details will be announced about a month before the event.
2016 Event Highlights
•Egg hunt & the traditional Egg Roll
•Storytime - celebrities bring books to life
•An instructional dance party on the South Lawn
•An ultimate all-in-one obstacle course. Climb, jump, and run your way through a variety of sports drills
•Hands-on training from basketball and tennis pros on the President’s court
•A session of yoga from professional instructors
•Egg dying, egg decorating, and more
•Interactive, educational activities designed to spark scientific curiosity and creativity.
2016 Special Guests
To Be Announced
History of the White House Easter Egg Roll
The Easter Egg Roll is the longest held annual presidential tradition. Informal egg roll parties were recorded at the White House during the early Lincoln administration. During the post-Civil War years, the Easter egg games were played on the grounds surrounding the U.S. Capitol Building. In 1876, an act of Congress outlawed the Capitol grounds and terraces from being used as playgrounds to protect the property from destruction. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday.
Wishing you warm spring sunshine in the very near future! Enjoy your spring and Happy Easter!
Southern Virginia Mom