The lottery for tickets for 2018 is now open. See details below.
By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
Spring and Easter will be here before soon, and that means the return of the White House Easter Egg Roll. Each year, the White House hosts members of the general public (and some special invited guests) to enjoy an old-fashioned egg roll on the lawn. This year’s event will take place on Monday, April 2, 2018.
The Easter Egg Roll has become a major happening and now it’s actually the biggest event hosted at the White House. For many years, the limited tickets to the free event were distributed on a first-come, first served basis. For some local families, it became an annual tradition to go stand in line (sometimes for hours) to claim tickets. A few years ago (during the Obama administration), distribution of tickets moved to an online lottery system that usually takes place about six weeks before the event. This system opens up the opportunity to people across the country, but it lowers your chances of actually getting the tickets.
The ticket lottery for 2018 opened on February 9; you can enter through the Recreation.gov site (an official government website). The deadline for entries is Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The results will be announced via email (to enter the lottery you must have a Recreation.gov account, which is also free to set up.)
The egg roll is one of those “unique to Washington” events where demand outweighs supplies, but it’s also kind of a complicated event because of the large attendance and restrictions. If you want to be part of a DC tradition and have the chance to be up-close to the White House, it can be an interesting experience. However, you also can expect multiple security check points, long waits, and very long lines, so keep your schedules and your children’s patience in mind if you sign up for the lottery. We attended the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2016, and while it was fun, it also was exhausting. We will provide tips soon for those who plan to sign up for the lottery.