White House Announces 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll
The President and First Lady announced today that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 1st. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential, the activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives. The White House will open its South Lawn for children ages 13 years and younger and their families.
White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. The lottery will open for entries on February 21st at 10:00 AM EST and close on February 25th at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets are free of charge and are non-transferable. Full ticketing details can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll.
To place your commemorative egg order, please visit www.recreation.gov, and follow the link to the online Easter egg store.
For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll or call the Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. Media details will be released in the coming weeks.
The 135th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll is Monday, April 1st.
About Entering the Lottery for Tickets
As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. The 2013 lottery opens on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 (10:00 AM EST) and the deadline for entries is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 (10:00 AM EST). Signing up for the lottery is free of charge and tickets for winners are free of charge.
Please ensure that your contact information on your account is correct. Your email address will be used for lottery and ticket communications. You can create an account or update your profile here.
About the Event
The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, DC, would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.
Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, sports and interactive cooking demonstrations. And, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13 years of age and under.
Visit the Official White House website to view photos and videos of past events and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Lottery Opens: FEB 21 (10:00 AM EST)
Lottery Closes: FEB 25 (10:00 AM EST)
Lottery Results Available: MARCH 1
Event Date: MONDAY, APRIL 1
- Tickets are free, but limited.
- There is no charge for entering the lottery.
- Only one application per household. All other applications will be voided without notice.
- Ensure that your account contact information is correct and current. Your email address will be used for lottery and ticket communications.
- Results will be available on March 1st. Email notifications will be sent after that date to the lottery winners with instructions for obtaining tickets.