2012 White House Easter Egg Roll Commemorative Eggs Now Available
Even though the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll lottery is now closed, you can still purchase your own commemorative eggs online
The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is one of the most eagerly anticipated spring events in our nation's capital. The highlight of this family event is the rolling of hard-boiled Easter eggs across the White House South Lawn.
Each child present receives one wooden egg with the signatures of the President and First Lady. These special wooden eggs—the official White House Easter Eggs—have become collector's items and Easter favorites.
The National Park Foundation also sells them for a limited time each spring. You can order one of your very own White House Easter Eggs by clicking here.
The tradition of the Easter Egg Roll has roots as early as 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened White House grounds to local kids for egg rolling the Monday following Easter Sunday. The tradition stuck and now, well over a century later, the White House invites children 12 and under to the South Lawn.
In 1981, children discovered the first autographed wooden eggs in the egg hunt straw pits. Each egg bore a signature from a member of Congress, a Hollywood celebrity or a sports figure.
Since 1987, the White House inscribes the event’s yearly theme on each egg as well as other symbols and surprises.
Last year over 30,000 people came out for the first family's "Get Up and Go," active and healthy themed Easter event. Chefs from around the country came to the White House to show visitors ways to get healthy and active and actors, authors and President Obama read from children's books like Where the Wild Things Are, Madeline and When Dinosaurs Came With Everything. The wooden eggs also went green (although, some of them were also pink, yellow and purple) and are now made in the U.S.A. from FCS-certified, hardwood with vegetable-oil based inks and a water-based coating.