This year's event featured an egg roll, egg hunt, music stage, reading nook, egg dyeing, cookie decorating, card-making for troops, "Be Best" hopscotch, "Be Best" mail, musical eggs, costumed characters, tennis activities and many picture taking opportunities.
There was also a State Egg display on the Ellipse featuring designs from students across the nation.
The Reading Nook lineup included: First Lady Melania Trump, General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr., Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo, Secretary Wilkie, Administrator Wheeler, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan
The Easter Egg Roll was live-streamed from the South Lawn of the White House so people could follow along at home.
Guests entered the South Lawn at designated times throughout the day depending on their group assignment:
The @WHEasterEggRoll Twitter feed contains tweets from attendees, special guests, entertainers, volunteers, media and more.
Watch these videos from the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll.
Military bands performed on the Bunny Hop music stage throughout the day. In addition to the bands below, the United States Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps also performed.
The 2019 White House commemorative Easter eggs are available for purchase here. The official souvenir wooden eggs are sold by the White House Historical Association.
Easter Egg Roll tickets are free and are made available via an online lottery. To enter the lottery, participants are prompted to create an
account on the Recreation.gov website. The lottery page has a list of all of the available time slots and entrants rank them in the order of preference.
Entrants also specify the number of adults/children on the ticket request screen along with their time slot choices. Only one application per household is allowed.
This year's lottery was held at the beginning of March. The 2020 Easter Egg Roll lottery dates will be listed here when they are announced.
The time slots available for the 2019 Easter Egg Roll (Groups A, B, C, D, and E) were:
Easter Egg Roll guests received this program in 2017:
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:
Each year, the White House puts out a call for Easter Egg Roll volunteers to assist with directions, ticketing, and crowd control. Volunteers must attend an orientation. Volunteer recruitment for the 2019 Easter Egg Roll took place in early March.