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    The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.

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    The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »

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    Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.

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October 24, 2013
2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held December 6; Ticket Lottery opens October 31
2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held December 6; Ticket Lottery opens October 31.

February 15, 2013
White House Announces 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll
The White House announced today details concerning the 2013 Easter Egg Roll to be held April 1st.

November 13, 2012
Musical Performers Announced for 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting
The National Park Service & National Park Foundation have announced that James Taylor, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Colbie Caillat, and Phillip Phillips will perform at the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

October 17, 2012
2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Lottery
The lighting of the National Christmas Tree will take place on December 6. Free tickets to attend the event will be distributed by lottery, which will be open October 25 to October 29.

September 14, 2012
White House Announces 2012 Fall Garden Tours
The White House has announced October 13, 14, 19, and 20, as the scheduled dates for the upcoming 2012 fall garden tours.

July 17, 2012
White House Visitor Center closed for Rehabilitation
National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Stephen E. Whitesell today announced that the White House Visitor Center will close at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012, to undergo rehabilitation to provide a dramatically improved experience for visitors. Planning and design for the rehabilitation project have been underway since 2005. The project is a public private endeavor between the NPS and the White House Historical Association (WHHA), a nonprofit NPS partner since 1961.

June 18, 2012
Fourth of July at the White House Visitor Center
The National Park Service invites visitors to a “Signature Event” on the Fourth of July at the White House Visitor Center.

May 05, 2012
National Christmas Tree Replacement
The National Christmas Tree, located on the Ellipse south of the White House, has been lost due to complications resulting from transplant shock according to the National Park Service (NPS). The deceased tree will be removed at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

April 25, 2012
White House Visitor Center Renovations Announced
The White House Visitor Center will undergo rehabilitation beginning later this spring to provide a dramatically improved experience for visitors. The project is a public-private endeavor between the National Park Service and the White House Historical Association.

November 16, 2011
2011 Lighting of the National Christmas Tree talent announced
Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that television and radio personality Carson Daly will host the 201 1 National Christmas Tree Lighting. In addition, the platinum selling band OneRepublic will perform along with country music star Rodney Atkins and six-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius. The evening will also feature a special appearance by Kermit the Frog, star of The Muppets, along with several other special guests.

October 18, 2011
National Park Service, National Park Foundation Announce 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st
Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announce today the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. (EST), on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.

April 01, 2011
White House Announces 2011 Spring Garden Tours
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March 29, 2011
National Park Service and U.S. Secret Service Invite Public to Open House on the President’s Park South Project
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March 08, 2011
2011 White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery Ticket Process Announced
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March 04, 2011
White House Announces 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll Date and Theme
The President and First Lady announced today that this year's White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25, 2011 with the theme of "Get Up and Go!" promoting health and wellness.

February 19, 2011
Winds and Wind Gusts Snap National Christmas Tree
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Harry S. Truman, 33rd President: 1945-1953

President Harry S Truman was the first President to travel under water in a modern submarine. Truman boarded a submarine and went down 450 feet underwater for almost an hour in Key West.