The White House Easter Egg Roll

The White House and President'S Park

History of the White House Easter Egg Roll

In the 1870s, Capitol Hill had become a popular spot for children to roll eggs - and themselves - down the hill on Easter Monday. As the event grew more popular, the toll on the grounds was noticeable. In 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes issued an order that if any children should come to the White House to roll their Easter eggs, they would be allowed to do so. The tradition has been carried on since, and has now grown into the largest event held at the White House every year. 

Geared toward children 12 years of age and under, the event will feature live entertainment, storytelling, arts and crafts, appearances by costumed characters, and the famous Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. An online lottery is conducted each year to award tickets for the event. Signing up for the lottery and event tickets through the lottery are both free of charge.

History of the White House Easter Egg Roll

In the 1870s, Capitol Hill had become a popular spot for children to roll eggs - and themselves - down the hill on Easter Monday. As the event grew more popular, the toll on the grounds was noticeable. In 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes issued an order that if any children should come to the White House to roll their Easter eggs, they would be allowed to do so. The tradition has been carried on since, and has now grown into the largest event held at the White House every year. 

Geared toward children 12 years of age and under, the event will feature live entertainment, storytelling, arts and crafts, appearances by costumed characters, and the famous Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. An online lottery is conducted each year to award tickets for the event. Signing up for the lottery and event tickets through the lottery are both free of charge.

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