How the White House Easter Egg Roll Became an Annual Tradition

  • The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a spring tradition for over 140 years.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes started the tradition after children were banned from rolling eggs on Capitol Hill.
  • The Bidens hosted the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

For more than 140 years, American presidents have invited the public to celebrate Easter on the White House lawn with an Easter egg roll.

Dating back to the 1870s, the annual Easter egg roll is one of the oldest White House traditions. This year, the Bidens hosted 40,000 people who rolled, hunted and ate a total of about 64,000 eggs provided by the American Egg Board.

Take a look at how the Easter event has evolved throughout U.S. history.


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