Deets: The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, D.C., 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, 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.
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Hint For The Average Socialite: Ticket lottery opens at 10AM ET on Thursday, February 28th and closes at 10AM ET on Monday, March 4th. Access the official lottery website here.
Easter Egg Roll tickets are free and will be made available via an online lottery. To enter the lottery, participants are prompted to create an account on the Recreation.gov website. The lottery page has a list of all of the available time slots and entrants rank them in the order of preference. Entrants also specify the number of adults/children on the ticket request screen along with their time slot choices.
Only one application per household is allowed.
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