White House Easter Egg Roll 2017

 

Since 1878, the annual Easter Egg Roll has been held on Easter Monday (April 17th, 2017). Information about the status of this year's event will be posted here when it becomes publicly available.

Easter Egg Roll Lottery

The Trump Administration has not yet released any ticketing information for the 2017 Easter Egg Roll. For the past eight years, a ticket lottery was held online so that families across America had an opportunity to attend. Below is some information about how the lottery worked.

Lottery date

In the past, a ticket lottery has been held on the Recreation.gov website approximately six weeks prior to the Easter Egg Roll. The exact lottery dates and the link to the official White House Easter Egg Roll lottery page will be published here, if applicable, when ticketing information is officially announced.

How to enter the White House Easter Egg Roll lottery

Easter Egg Roll tickets are free and in the past have been made available via an online lottery. The lottery page had a list of all of the available time slots and applicants had to rank them in the order of preference. Each household was limited to one lottery application for a maximum of six tickets. Last year, the time slots available for the Easter Egg Roll (Groups A, B, C, D, and E) were:

Easter Egg Roll lottery ticket screen showing the starting times for each group: A- 7:30AM-9:30AM; B- 9:45-11:45AM; C- 12:15PM-2:15PM; D- 2:30PM-4:30PM; E- 4:45PM-6:45PM

Lottery results were available about a week later. Email notifications from Recreation.gov were sent after that date to the lottery winners with instructions for obtaining tickets.

 

The White House Easter Egg Roll on Twitter



This Easter Egg Roll Twitter feed contains the best tweets from attendees, special guests, entertainers, volunteers, media and more. For the latest updates, follow @WHEasterEggRoll on Twitter.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Easter Egg Roll Performers

2017 White House Easter Egg Roll stage

Musical artists will perform on the South Lawn stage throughout the day. The 2017 Easter Egg Roll talent lineup has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for updates.

Last year's guests included 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; and singing sisters Chloe x Halle.

Previous Easter Egg Roll events featured the following performers: Diggy Simmons, DJ Fussyman, Newsies, Fifth Harmony, MKTO, Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, The Wanted, Janelle Monae, Zendaya, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow, China Ann McClain and the McClain Sisters, Colbie Caillat, Greyson Chance, Willow Smith, Mindless Behavior, Sara Bareilles, Justin Bieber, the cast of the television show Glee, Yo Gabba Gabba, Fergie, Ziggy Marley, and Jessica Jarrell.

 

2017 White House Easter Egg Roll Schedule of Events

Past Easter Egg Rolls have featured live music, storytelling, sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, and the traditional egg roll and egg hunt. Below is a list of activities from last year. This list will be updated when the 2017 activity list becomes available.



Egg Hunt & Easter Egg Roll

Children hunt for Easter Eggs and race each other while pushing eggs with wooden spoons.

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage

Live musical performances throughout the day.

Storytime Stage

Celebrities read favorite story books.

Hop To It!

Featuring jump rope, hula hoop, dance and more.

Eggtivity Zone

Players and coaches from professional sports teams lead kids through a fun fitness obstacle course

Eggsperiment Zone

Fun with science

Yoga Garden

Professional yoga instructors teach movement, breath, and mindfulness.

Eggspress Yourself

An arts and crafts area with egg dying, egg decorating, exciting craft projects and more

Play with your Food

Learn about healthy eating with famous chefs.

Basketball and Tennis Courts

Professional athletes provide hands-on training in basketball and tennis.

 

Easter Egg Roll Map of Activities

White House Easter Egg Roll map - 2016

 

Tips for Attending the White House Easter Egg Roll

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:



Easter Egg Roll Design Contest



White House Easter Egg Roll official posters

Every year, the White House invites elementary and middle school students to submit their original artwork for the Easter Egg Roll design contest. Last year's theme was "Let's Celebrate!" Winning entries were used in the Easter Egg Roll program and souvenir poster.

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.

White House Easter Egg Roll Volunteers

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 to learn more and sign up to be on their mailing list.

 

Souvenir White House Easter Eggs

Official wooden White House Easter Eggs for 2016


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 from 2016 are pictured above. The 2017 eggs will become available for sale about six weeks prior to Easter.

 

Easter Egg Roll Videos

Watch these videos from a previous White House Easter Egg Roll



Easter Egg Roll Photos

White House Easter Egg Roll photogallery

 

 

White House Easter Egg Roll Live Webcam

There are four live web cams in operation at various times throughout the day.



Balcony Cam Live Stream

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage

Play With Your Food Stage

Storytime Stage

Easter Egg Roll on Whitehouse.Gov - Through the Years

Take a hop back in time and view the Easter Egg Roll pages from whitehouse.gov from the Clinton, Bush and Obama years (1993-2016) by clicking on the screenshots below:



Easter 1993

1993 - 100 Years of Peter Rabbit

Easter 1994

The 1994 Easter at the White House souvenir program featured original art by P. Buckley Moss

Easter 1995

The 1995 Egg Roll souvenir program contained original art from Catherine Grunewald

Easter 1996

The original art in the Easter at the White House 1996 program was by Bill Bell.

Easter 1997

The 1997 theme of the WH egg roll was Learning is Delightful and Delicious

Easter 1998

Dressed in period costume, actors portraying historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Betsy Ross, and George Washington strolled around the South Lawn.

Easter 1999

1999 Easter Egg Roll was for children ages three through six

Easter 2000

The 2000 Easter Egg Roll was held from 10AM - 2PM and featured a live webcast from the South Lawn

Easter 2001

The 2001 Easter Egg Roll

Easter 2002

The 2002 White House Egg Roll featured authors such as Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford series and Marc Brown, author of the Arthur series

Easter 2003

The 2003 Egg Roll honored active duty and reserve members of the military and their families

Easter 2004

The 2004 Easter event had to close early at noon due to rain

Easter 2005

The 2005 Easter Egg Roll continued the tradition that began in 1994 where each state sends a decorated egg to the White House for display

Easter 2006

President and Mrs. Bush invited hundreds of outstanding youth volunteers as their special guests at the 2006 Easter Egg Roll

Easter 2007

The 2007 Easter event featured live entertainment from Sesame Street, Miley Cyrus who stars in the hit series Hannah Montana, and several other stage performances

Easter 2008

The 2008 Easter Egg roll had an educational theme, Ocean Conservation, and included marine life painting with the artist Wyland

Easter 2009

The 2009 Easter Egg roll was the first one of the Obama Administration. It's theme was Let's Go Play.

Easter 2010

The theme of the 2010 White House Egg Roll was Ready, Set, Go!

Easter 2011

The theme of the 2011 White House Egg Roll was Get Up and Go!

Easter 2012

The theme of the 2012 White House Egg Roll was Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move

Easter 2013

The theme of the 2013 White House Egg Roll was Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!

Easter 2014

The theme of the 2014 White House Egg Roll was Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape

Easter 2015

The theme of the 2015 White House Egg Roll was #GimmeFive

Easter 2016

The theme of the 2016 White House Egg Roll was Let's Celebrate!

Interesting Facts about the White House Easter Egg Roll

Ticketing

Eggs

Past Easter Egg Roll Performers, Special guests, and Entertainment

Sustainability

Easter Egg Roll Volunteers

History of the White House Easter Egg Roll