Thursday, April 9, 2009

White House News: Easter Egg Roll April 13

Egg Roll Is Largest Public Celebration at the White House

The White House Easter Egg Roll has been enjoyed by American children for over 130 years, since President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes first hosted the event in 1878. Now an annual tradition, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host this year's Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 13. The celebration will include storytelling, sports, cooking classes, musical performances, and of course, the traditional Easter egg roll! For more information, visit

The White House serves as an entertainment venue for many events and festivities each year. You can learn more about the Easter Egg Roll, as well as other traditions celebrated at the White House (such as the lighting of the Christmas tree), in the art and literature anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. Be sure to check out artist Eric Carle's brightly-colored painting of the Easter Egg Roll!

Learn more about President Hayes and First Lady Hayes, as well as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, in the Presidential Fact Files and First Lady Fact Files on

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