The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition which dates back to 1878. The event has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House Lawn to a national event filled with live entertainment, sports, interactive cooking demonstrations and of course the traditional rolling of Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll will promote healthy and active living and is designed for children 12 years of age and under in conjunction with First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25.
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 is the largest public event held at the White House.
As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge. Tickets for winners are free of charge. The lottery will open for entries on Thursday, March 10th at 12:01 a.m. EST, and will close on Sunday, March 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Tickets are free of charge and are non transferable.
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