THE 2012 WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL - APRIL 9, 2012
The White House Easter Egg Roll is a
tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in
Washington, D.C. would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after
Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress
grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress
which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was
moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was
approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs.
Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young
children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.
Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local
children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest
event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment,
sports and interactive cooking demos. And, of course, the
traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll
promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13
years of age and under. The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll will
be held on Monday, April 9. As in past years, an online lottery
will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing
up for the lottery is free of charge. Tickets for winners are free
The online lottery application period for the 2012 White
House Easter Egg Roll is now closed. No additional applications
will be accepted.
If you have already applied for the lottery, the results will be
published here under My Account on Monday, March 12, 2012.
If you were not a winning applicant through the online lottery or
missed the deadline to apply, please visit
for interactive opportunities to participate in the 2012 Easter
Egg Roll online.
To purchase the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll commemorative egg