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The White House Historical Association is a proud sponsor of the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll.  This year, the White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 2.

Since 1878, American presidents and their families have celebrated Easter Monday by hosting an 'egg roll' party. Held on the South Lawn, it is one of the oldest annual events in White House history. Some historians note that First Lady Dolley Madison originally suggested the idea of a public egg roll, while others tell stories of informal egg-rolling parties at the White House dating back to President Lincoln's administration. Beginning in the 1870s, Washingtonians from all social levels celebrated Easter Monday on the west grounds of the U.S. Capitol and children rolled brilliantly dyed hard-boiled eggs down the terraced 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, and, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll is designed for children 13 years of age and under. This year's White House Easter Egg Roll marks the 140th anniversary of this tradition.

For 2018, enter the White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery here. The tickets are free, but limited to one application per household. Please ensure that your account contact information is correct and current, as your email address will be used for lottery and ticket communications. Ticket winners will be notified by email with instructions for obtaining event tickets. Non-winners will also be notified of results by email.

To purchase the official keepsake egg from this Easter Egg Roll, please see our commemorative Easter Eggs.

The Easter Egg Roll in 1934.

Library of Congress

Facts about the White House Easter Egg Roll:

  • John Philip Sousa and the Marine Band performed for the crowd at the Egg Roll in 1889
  • In 1933, the Easter Egg Roll was first broadcast to a national audience over the radio by Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • There was a circus and petting zoo in 1977.
  • President Nixon first invited the Easter Bunny to be part of the event and President Reagan started the tradition of the egg hunt.
  • The White House uses goody bags that are made from recycled materials and can be recycled after use.
  • In the past eight years, lottery ticket winners have come from all 50 states.
  • A portion of the tickets are distributed to military families and public schools in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
  • On average, there are almost 50,000 lottery applicants requesting around 200,000 tickets in the lottery.

We would like to acknowledge the additional sponsors for the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll: The White House and National Park Service

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