The 2021 Easter Egg Roll has been canceled again this year due to COVID-19.
The White House Historical Association is hosting some fun online Easter Egg Roll activities including
a virtual scavenger hunt, a digital jigsaw puzzle, downloadable coloring pages, bingo, and a way to design your own commemorative egg.
2021 White House Easter Eggs
Each year, souvenir wooden eggs are usually distributed to children attending the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. These commemorative eggs are
also made available for purchase online.
The 2021 design includes a bunny rabbit wearing a mask. A special gold egg with President Biden's dogs Champ and Major is also available for purchase.
The official wooden eggs for 2021 are pictured above and can be purchased here.
The White House Easter Egg Roll on Twitter
This Easter Egg Roll Twitter feed contains the best tweets from attendees, special guests, entertainers, volunteers, media and more. For the latest updates, follow @WHEasterEggRoll on Twitter.
In past years, a free ticket lottery was held online so that families across America could have an opportunity to attend the Easter Egg Roll. There will be no lottery held this year due to the
cancellation of the event.
Easter Egg Roll on Whitehouse.Gov - Through the Years
Take a hop back in time and view the Easter Egg Roll pages from whitehouse.gov from the Clinton, Bush and Obama years (1993-2016) by clicking on the screenshots below:
Interesting Facts about the White House Easter Egg Roll
Easter Egg Roll 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.
The souvenir White House wooden eggs include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady.
The wooden eggs are made in the U.S. using a process of wood turning and barrel dying.
Children 12 and younger will each receive a souvenir wooden egg at the event.
More than 80,000 souvenir wooden eggs are made each year and are available for public purchase.
Over 14,000 hard-boiled eggs are hand-dyed for use in the Easter egg roll and the egg hunt.
Guests at the Egg Dying station will decorate over 4,500 hard-boiled eggs on the day of the Easter Egg Roll.
Visually impaired children are able to participate in the Egg Roll and Egg Hunt through the use of special “chirping eggs”.
Past Easter Egg Roll Performers, Special guests, and Entertainment
JDJ Fussyman, Diggy Simmons, Fifth Harmony, MKTO, Newsies, Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, Sesame Street, and The Wanted have all performed on the Rockin’ Egg Roll Stage. ID4GiRLS and Jessica Sanchez have sung the National Anthem.
Reading on the Storytime Stage: NASCAR’s Danica Patrick, Julianne Moore, Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, Elmo, Abby, Gordon and Rosita from Sesame Street, the full cast of Super Sprowtz, The Wanted, and actress Quvenzhané Wallis.
The White House uses goody bags that are made from recycled materials and can be recycled after use.
The eggs are packaged in recyclable paperboard which minimizes waste and lessens the environmental impact of the event.
There will be both trash bins and recycling bins for guests to use around the South Lawn and Ellipse areas.
Easter Egg Roll Volunteers
Event volunteers include professional American Sign Language interpreters and nurses and physicians from George Washington University.
Each year, there are approximately 1,200 hard-working volunteers lending their time and talent to make the event a fun and memorable one.
All volunteers are required to attend at least one training session.
Many of the volunteers arrive early in the morning by 5:00 AM to help set up and get prepared for the first round of guest arrivals.
It takes around 2,000 eggs to make breakfast for the hungry volunteers.
History of the White House Easter Egg Roll
The first White House Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes opened up the South Lawn to children who had been chased off the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
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 last time the Easter Egg Roll was cancelled due to rain was in 2001.
The Easter Egg Roll was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.