The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, DC, 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 demonstrations. 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.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle announced the theme for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll: “#Let’s Celebrate!” Part of the President and First Lady’s ongoing effort to open the White House to as many people as possible, the event will open its South Lawn for children ages 13 years and younger and their families. In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, the event will feature sports courts, cooking stations, and, of course, Easter egg rolling in addition to live music and storytelling.
National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, produces and sells the White House Easter egg. An egg is given as a souvenir to all children 13 years and younger who attend the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, which is part of the National Park System. To place your commemorative egg order, please visit www.recreation.gov, and follow the link to the online Easter egg store.
- Easter Egg Rolling
- Live Music
- Sports Courts
- Sesame Street
- Cast of the talk show “The Real,”
- Cast of the ABC television series “Black-ish”
- Costume Characters
- Storytime Stage
- Play with Your Food Station
- Hop-to-It Stage
Visit the Official White House website to view photos and videos of past events and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll.
March 28, 2016
9:00 AM ET
138th White House Easter Egg Roll South Lawn Live Stream: WhiteHouse.gov/live
10:30 AM ET
President Obama and First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at the 138th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll