White House Easter Egg Roll to be held for the first time since 2019

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many traditions being disrupted, including the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

However, Fox News reported on Sunday that the Biden administration has decided to bring the beloved event back. 

The details

Scheduled for April 18, the event will feature children using spoons to roll commemorative wooden Easter eggs across the White House lawn.

The network noted that the names of participants in the Easter Egg Roll were drawn during a lottery held on April 7.

In addition to egg rolling, children will have an opportunity to hear stories, take photos, and engage in other fun events.

Special eggs

Identical wooden eggs were offered for sale to members of the public by the White House Historical Association, although Fox News noted that all such eggs have since sold out.

The eggs are decorated with images of the White House South Portico and the Easter Bunny. Others feature pictures of dog Commander and cat Willow, both of whom are pets that belong to the First Family.


According to Fox News, the Easter Egg Roll tradition dates back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes ordered that children be allowed to roll eggs on the White House lawns. Earlier egg rolling events had been held for children on Capitol Hill.

History of the event

Previous Easter Egg Rolls made use of real eggs rather than commemorative wooden ones, a fact attested to on Twitter by the Richard Nixon Library.

In 2020, then President Donald Trump became the first president to cancel the Easter Egg Roll in seven decades, citing COVID as a concern. His successor also canceled the following year’s event for the same reason.

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