Easter 2019 in Washington, DC

A Guide to Celebrating Easter Weekend in the Nation's Capital

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Washington, D.C. hosts several big events for Easter each year. Here is a guide to celebrating the holiday in the nation’s capital including the schedules and suggested venues for Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts, religious services and other special events.

Easter Events

Easter Brunch in Washington, D.C.: Many of the area’s finest restaurants offer Easter Brunch. From an elegant white tablecloth meal to a family-friendly buffet feast, find recommendations for your holiday meal in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

White House Easter Egg Roll: April 22, 2019, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The popular annual event celebrates the holiday with an Easter Egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and a variety of family-friendly activities on the White House lawn.

Easter Egg Hunts: Dates vary. Special Easter events for children are held at venues around the capital region including museums, hotels, parks and country farms.

Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial: April 21, 2019, 6:30 a.m. Thousands gather at the Lincoln Memorial for an inspiring Easter service. This is a great way to enjoy the holiday and make some special memories of the nation's capital.

Family Celebration at the National Zoo: April 22, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each year on the Monday after Easter, Washington's Zoo hosts a special event with an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, live entertainment, a food bazaar, and family-friendly fun.

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Easter Services

Looking for somewhere special to attend Easter services? Here is a list of some of the larger churches in downtown Washington, DC.

Visiting Attractions on Easter Day

Many of Washington DC's attractions are open on Easter Day. However you choose to spend the day, it's always a good idea to call ahead before heading out. Keep in mind that the holiday is usually during spring break for many school districts, so the city can be very busy. The following popular tourist destinations are open on Easter Sunday:

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