Easter Sunrise

SUNDAY, APRIL 12th • 6:30 AM

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Thousands Will Gather

at the Lincoln Memorial to worship and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

SUNDAY, APRIL 12th • 6:30 AM

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
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On Easter morning, thousands of people will gather at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the sun rises over the Capitol dome, together, we will declare to our city, nation, and world that Christ is risen!

One of the nation’s largest Easter sunrise services, this Washington tradition is #5 on Washingtonian’s

Great Washington Bucket List. The Lincoln Memorial Easter Sunrise Service attracts visitors from all over the United States and the world!

With Special Guest

Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 18 books.

Additional Information

We will be providing Live Streaming from this website. Also, do not forget to dress comfortably. We suggest a coat or a blanket for the often brisk morning. Service takes place rain or shine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the service start and how long is it?

The service starts at 6:30 AM and will last about an hour.

How do I get to the Lincoln Memorial?

Unfortunately, the metro does not open until 7 AM, so you will have to drive, walk or bike. If you are driving, we encourage you to arrive early as parking goes fast. You can park all around the Mall and the side streets. Just be wary of no-parking zones. Also, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes as some parking spots may be a little far.

What should I wear?

Right now, it'll be cloudy in the 60s. It is usually about 10º colder at the Lincoln Memorial, so dress comfortably. Some people do wear their “Sunday best”, which is totally fine. We just want you to stay comfortable. Also, this service does happen rain or shine so dress accordingly.

Where can I sit?

We place 1700 chairs at the Lincoln Memorial. If you would like one of those chairs, arrive early because they do go quickly! Many people choose to sit on the steps of the memorial, but, there is natural seating located on the surrounding lawn as well. Feel free to bring an extra blanket or a folding chair.

Is there reserved seating for handicapped and hearing-impaired?

Yes! We have a few sections that are reserved for wheelchairs. We also have a special section close to the stage for those that are hearing-impaired. An ASL interpreter is provided to assist during the service.

What if I have any questions while I’m at the memorial?

We have teams of volunteers that have prayed over this service and wake up very early (or stay up very late) to help and serve on Sunday morning. Find someone that has an “I Can Help!” badge and they will be able to assist you.