134 Years and Still Rolling
President Rutherford Hayes hosted the first White House Easter Egg roll in 1878. Since then, it has become an annual tradition hosted by the First Family. The Egg Rolls were cancelled from 1917-1920 during World War I, and again from 1943-1945 during WWII. In recent years, family participants are drawn from a random lottery. The festivities begin when the President blows a whistle and the children roll eggs across the South Lawn.
Easter celebration at the Hoover White House in 1931. The handwritten caption from the photo album reads: Dainty Folk Dances Charm Children at the White House Egg Rolling.
Eleanor Roosevelt at Easter on south steps of White House. April 11, 1939.
Children on the south lawn of the White House after an Easter Egg Roll hosted by the Eisenhower family. April 6, 1953.
As you go about fulfilling your Constitutional duties as President of the United States, it’s always nice to know you can lean on trusted advisors, confidantes, and…bespectacled bunny rabbits. Luckily Rabbit Ears is always on hand to oversee the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and make sure everything is hopping along as planned.
The 134th White House Easter Egg Roll is this Monday, April 9th. A perfect excuse to post highlights from hoppenings past.
President Clinton blows the whistle to start the festivities of the 1998 Easter Egg Roll.
President George W. Bush, joined by Mrs. Laura Bush, blows a whistle to officially start the 2008 festivities, Monday, March 24, 2008.
President Obama uses Rabbit Ears as a microphone while technicians try to fix the microphones on stage, April 13, 2009. Photo from the White House.