The White House Easter Egg Roll 2016 follows in a Washington DC tradition. Easter revelers enjoy a core event of rolling hard-boiled eggs down the South Lawn of the White House as well as many other events, including games, Easter egg hunts, and more fun things to do.
White House Easter Egg Roll History and Facts
White House Easter Egg Roll is only one incarnation of a traditional game played at Easter time. The tradition of rolling hard-boiled eggs down grassy hills is hundreds, maybe thousands of years old and probably dates to pre-Christian times. There are many variations on this tradition in different countries around the world. In the United States, it was Dolly Madison who began the tradition in 1814, and hundreds of children brought their decorated eggs to join in the games. It was first held on the grounds of the US Capitol building, but it was cancelled when a new lawn was put down in 1877. Later it moved to the White house where it is today held on Easter Monday.
White House Easter Egg Location
This particular version of a DC Easter egg hunt occurs on one of the most iconic lawns in front of one of the most famous residences in the world—1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.
White House Easter Egg Tickets
General public tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll are available via an online lottery system, and all attendees must go through the same security screening process that all visitors to the President’s resident must undergo. The tickets are free of charge. You cannot bring food or beverages, and backpacks and similar bags are not allowed.
White House Easter Egg Lodging
You will probably have a long wait if you're waiting for an invitation to spend the night in the Lincoln Bedroom. However, participants in the DC Easter Egg Hunt 2016 can choose from scores of nearby hotels. There are quite a number of hotels on the north side of the National Mall, and provide good access to most of the Washington DC monuments on the east side of the Potomac River. Perhaps the most prestigious hotel address and the property closest to the White House is the venerable Hay-Adams, located at 16th and H Streets. This classic historic hotel is located across the street from the White House, and has been welcoming royalty, heads of state, and the world's movers and shakers since 1884.
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