The last Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration was held on Monday March 28th, 2016 from 7:30AM - 6:45PM. Thirty five thousand lucky guests from across the nation gathered on the South Lawn of the White House for games, storytelling, entertainment and egg rolling.
The official theme this year was “Let’s Celebrate!”. Here is the complete 2016 Easter Egg Roll program and talent line-up.
This Easter Egg Roll Twitter feed contains the best tweets from attendees, special guests, entertainers, volunteers, media and more. See the full-day event coverage here at @WHEasterEggRoll on Twitter.
The artists below performed on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage throughout the day. Tommy McFly returned again this year as the official Emcee.
Singer/actress Idina Menzel
18 year-old rapper Silentó
California indie/pop band Echosmith
Singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Daya
Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Trevor Jackson
Singing sisters Chloe x Halle
The Easter Egg Roll features live music, storytelling, sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, fun run, and the traditional egg roll and egg hunt. Full program details here.
The easiest way to get to the White House is by taking
the Metro. The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines).
If you do decide to drive, you can find nearby publicly available parking lots and garages here.
Be prepared to wait in long lines when you get there. Your ticket will say what time the line opens up for your group. You may want to get there earlier to get a better place in line. Past Easter Egg Roll attendees have written about their experience and have posted tips and advice for attending the big event. Here are some of the most helpful postings:
Free tickets for the Easter Egg Roll were made available via a lottery system on the Recreation.gov website from Feb 12th through Feb 17th.
Lottery results were announced on February 25, 2016 and winners were notified by email with instructions for obtaining tickets.
Lottery applicants were eligible to request up to six free tickets. Here are the available time slots for the 2016 Easter Egg Roll (Groups A, B, C, D, and E):
Every year, the White House invites elementary and middle school students to submit their original artwork for the Easter Egg Roll design contest. This year's theme is "Let's Celebrate!"
Winning entries will be used in the 2016 Easter Egg Roll program and souvenir poster. This contest is now closed. The deadline to enter was February 22, 2016. Congratulations to winners Felicity Ng
and Alexia de Costa.
Last year, students from nearly thirty states submitted entries to the contest. First Lady Michelle Obama chose an 8-year old girl's entry to be used for the souvenir poster and 14-year old girl's entry for the Easter Egg Roll program cover. The winning entries can be viewed here on the Let's Move blog.
Each year, the National Park Service puts out a call for Easter Egg Roll volunteers to assist with directions, ticketing, and crowd control. Volunteers receive free t-shirts and must attend a two-hour orientation.
If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll, visit the NPS website next February to submit an application.
Each year, the National Park Foundation produces souvenir wooden eggs for distribution to children attending the Easter Egg Roll. These commemorative eggs are
also made available for purchase online at the National Park Foundation website.
The souvenir eggs for 2016 are pictured above and feature this year's event logo on the front and the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady on the back of each egg. The special Bo and Sunny golden egg is only available when you purchase the entire set of five eggs.
Watch these videos from last year's White House Easter Egg Roll
There are four live web cams in operation at various times throughout the day.
Take a hop back in time and view the Easter Egg Roll pages from whitehouse.gov from the Clinton and Bush years (1993-2008) by clicking on the screenshots below: