White House Easter egg roll set to resume in April

By Kate Bennett, CNN

(CNN) — After a two-year hiatus due to concerns about the spread of Covid-19, the White House Easter Egg Roll is scheduled to take place on April 18, according to a White House statement.

The Easter Egg Roll is the White House’s most popular annual event, welcoming thousands throughout the day to join in the festivities on the South Lawn.

It’s a tradition that’s been observed nearly every year since 1878, with the most recent exceptions being 2020 and 2021, when first ladies Melania Trump and Jill Biden, respectively, chose to cancel the event in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. A lottery for members of the public to get free tickets to this year’s Easter egg roll opens on Friday March 25 and runs until Thursday March 31.

The White House is typically the center of an administration’s social activity, with several hundred events, public and private, taking place there each year. However, as the country grappled with the spread of Covid-19, the “House of the People” was also relatively subdued – public tours were postponed, annual Halloween festivities canceled and holiday parties year, of which there are usually several dozen during the month. of December, have been considerably reduced.

Thursday’s Easter egg roll announcement also included information about rescheduled Spring Garden tours, which are free and open to members of the public. This year’s tour dates are April 9 and 10.

Earlier this month, the White House announced the resumption of public tours, which begin April 15.

While the latest developments don’t mark a return to a full, pre-pandemic schedule, the decision to reopen the White House for tours and events heralds a tentative return to normality.

Prior to the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, an annual Easter egg roll for children and families was held on Capitol Hill, but complaints about the destruction of grassy areas moved the event to the White House. In 1878, according to an article in the evening edition of the Evening Star, according to the National Archives, the White House’s first Easter egg roll was a success: “Chased from the Capitol, the children advanced on the grounds of the White House today and rolled eggs on the patios at the back of the mansion, and played among the shrubbery as they pleased.”

One hundred and forty-two years later, the tradition is about to continue.

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