THE WHITE HOUSE (Gray DC) -- It happens just twice a year. This weekend, the White House will open up its grounds and gardens to the public.
If you can’t get to D.C. this Saturday and Sunday, don’t worry. The Gray Television Washington News Bureau has you covered. Our cameras got a sneak peek of what visitors will see on the tour.
They’ll be able to walk though the Kennedy Garden in the East Wing and the iconic Rose Garden in the West Wing. From the south entrance of the White House, visitors will have a one-of-a-kind view of the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. There’s even a chance to visit the vegetable garden that former First Lady Michelle Obama helped create.
Tickets to the White House garden tour are required. They are free, but are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The National Park Service will distribute individual, timed tickets at a tent stationed near the entry point (intersection of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW) beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NPS:
Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:
· Aerosols of any kind
· Animals (except guide dogs)
· Any pointed object
· Backpacks (oversized)
· Beverages of any kind
· Duffle bags and/or suitcases
· Electric stun guns
· Fireworks / firecrackers
· Food of any kind
· Guns / ammunition
· Insulated metal containers
· Knives of any kind
· Selfie sticks
· Smoking (including e-cigarettes)
· Tablets (including iPads)
· Toy weapons of any kind
· Water bottles
· Bicycles and scooters
The Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas (no metal tips), and cameras are permitted. All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (such as wheelchairs, electric scooters, glucose tablets, and EpiPens). Please identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to Secret Service personnel upon arrival.
In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.