The second Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration will be held on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 from 7:30 AM – 6:45 PM. Thousands of lucky guests from across the nation will gather on the South Lawn of the White House for games, storytelling, entertainment and egg rolling. Children all over the world dream of getting a chance to part of this hyper-exclusive, invitation-only event at the world’s most famous house. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 White House Egg Roll!
April 2nd will be a long busy day starting at 7:30 AM and finishing up at 6:45 PM. The guests will enter the South Lawn at designated times throughout the day depending on their group assignment. Last year’s event featured an egg roll, egg hunt, music stage, reading nook, egg dyeing, cookie decorating, card-making for troops, an art wall, costumed characters (including the Easter Bunny, Cat In The Hat, Elmo, Peppa Pig, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Zootopia and others), USTA tennis, D.C. United soccer, bocce ball, and many pictures taking opportunities.
Musical artists will perform on the Bunny Hop music stage throughout the day. The 2018 Easter Egg Roll talent lineup has not been announced yet.
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 and, in 1933, the Easter Egg Roll was the first broadcast to a national audience over the radio by Eleanor Roosevelt. President Nixon first invited the Easter Bunny to be part of the event and President Reagan started the tradition of the egg hunt.
More than 80,000 souvenir wooden eggs are made each year and have been 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.
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