Thousands of people attend the White House Easter Egg Roll, the largest annual public event at the White House. On the Monday following Easter, the South Lawn of the White House is flooded with children who participate in the much anticipated Easter egg roll across the lawn.
Rolling eggs is a long standing tradition in DC and according to the White House History of the Easter egg Roll, it was believed by some historians to have been the idea of Dolley Madison while others believe it only dates as far back as Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.
Originally the public egg rolling was held at the Capitol with press accounts as early as 1872. The highlight of the event for children is of course, the White House Easter Bunny. This tradition was started by Pat Nixon in 1969 and it is usually a White House staffer.
DC’s weather can be very unpredictable in the spring and sometimes the Easter Egg Roll is cancelled due to inclement weather. If it is cancelled, they may choose to move it to the National Zoo or even back to the Capitol. It is always best to call the National Park Service on the day of. And regardless of your timed entrance, I suggest that you get there early to find parking which is scarce around the White House on a business day. Be prepared to pay for parking at one of the many parking structures nearby or take the Metro.
If you are not lucky enough to score tickets to the Easter Egg Roll, there is also an Easter celebration at the Ellipse including entertainment, music, storytelling, favorite characters and food giveaways for the whole family to enjoy.
2010 White House Easter Egg Roll Information: Monday, April 5, 2010, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the South Lawn of the White House
2010 Ticket Distribution:By lottery. Click here to enter.
Admission: White House South Lawn: Free with required timed passes.
Events on the Ellipse: Free - No tickets are necessary for access to the events on the Ellipse.
For More Information:For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at 202-456-7041.