On Monday, April 24, the traditional Easter Egg Roll took place on the White House South Lawn from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Egg Roll is for children between the ages of three and six, accompanied by at least one adult. Other family members are permitted, as long as one person is age three to six.
To learn about the history of this annual event, visit the History
of the Easter Egg Roll page here on the White House web site.
This year, the White House Easter Egg Roll and all its many events were web cast live from the south lawn. Over 50 hours of film, captured by eight cameras over six hours is being edited for future viewing. We expect this edited broadcast to be available in early September. This material, much of it centering on reading activities, will be fun and interesting for children, their families and teachers. Be sure to return here tehm to read along with your favorite celebrities and cabinet members as they share their favorite children's stories.
The authorized vendor of the official White House Easter Eggs has a web site where you can purchase the wooden souvenir eggs from this year, 1999, and 1998. The 2000 souvenir egg was designed by artist Mary Engelbreit.
This is a public event, however, free timed tickets are required by each attendee. The free timed tickets are distributed from the National Park Service Visitor Pavilion at the southwest corner of 15th and E Streets on a first-come, first-served basis.
| ||Ticket distribution begins about 7 a.m. and continues until all tickets are issued. |
| ||One person may receive up to four tickets. You should expect to wait in line for tickets and to enter the lawn. |
| ||Every person, even the smallest child, requires a ticket to enter the south lawn. |
| ||Advanced reservations are not possible. |
| ||Once guests receive a timed ticket, they can wander the Ellipse to enjoy activities there until it is their time to enter the White House south lawn for the Easter Egg Roll. |
On-street parking is not available near the White House. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. If taking the Metro to the White House, the recommended Metrorail stations are Metro Center (red, blue, and orange lines), and McPherson Square or Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines only). For additional information or for bus routes and schedules, please visit the Transit Authority web site.
The Easter celebration on the Ellipse, the park area south of the White House, features activities and entertainment for all ages.No tickets are needed for the Ellipse activities, which include musical entertainment, food giveaways, story telling, and other fun things to do.
Lawn chairs, coolers, food, and beverages are not permitted on the White House south lawn. Public telephones and restrooms are on the Ellipse, at 15th and E Streets.