The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a tradition since 1878. Originally, every Monday after Easter, young children in Washington, DC would go to Capitol Hill for egg rolling and a day of festivities.

Members of Congress became frustrated with the rising crowds and enacted legislation forbidding egg rolling on Capitol grounds.

White House Easter Egg Roll
White House Easter Egg Roll

After little children approached President Hayes and asked to use his backyard to roll eggs, the celebration was moved to the White House.

Since then, the White House has allowed small children to roll eggs on the White House grounds nearly every Easter.

The Easter Egg Roll has evolved from a few local youngsters rolling eggs to the White House’s grandest celebration.

Each year, an online lottery is held to distribute tickets for the event. Both signing up for the lottery and purchasing event tickets through the lottery is free. The White House Easter Egg Roll ticket lottery has ended.

The lottery gives you the chance to visit the White House’s South Lawn for a spring celebration complete with games, live entertainment, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.

White House Easter Egg Roll Age Limit

The White House Easter Egg Roll is designed for children 13 years of age and under. The event promotes healthy and active living.


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