White House Easter Egg Roll Highlights

CNN Editorial Research

Here’s a look at the annual White House Easter egg roll.

April 18, 2022 – The event is set to take place after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 25-31, 2022 – Members of the public can enter a lottery for free tickets.


Weather permitting, the White House Easter Egg Roll was held every Monday after Easter on the South Lawn, except during World War I and World War II, when it was held at other places.

For the spring roll race, the children push the eggs in the grass with spoons.

The event is open to children 13 and under and their families.


Early 1800s – Dolley Madison hosts an Easter egg roll on the Capitol lawn.

1876 ​​– Congress approves the Turf Protection Act, preventing Capitol grounds from being used “as playgrounds”.

1878 – President Rutherford B. Hayes greets the first White House Easter egg roll.

1953 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower revives the Easter egg roll. It was suspended in 1942 due to World War II and later a White House renovation.

1969 – First Lady Pat Nixon presents the White House Easter Bunny for the first time.

1985 – Nancy Reagan personally invites a young girl, Jennifer Ledbetter, to the Easter egg roll after a Reagan aide tells her she is unwelcome because she supports Walter Mondale.

2001 – The roll is canceled for the first time since 1984 due to rain.

April 17, 2006 – Gay and lesbian parents involved in the Family Pride Coalition attend to “make a positive statement” about gay families.

2009 – For the first time, an online lottery for tickets is organized so that children from all over the country have the opportunity to participate.

March 19, 2021 – The White House Easter Egg Roll is canceled for the second time in two years due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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