White House's Easter Egg Roll Got Off to a Bit of a Slow Roll

Weather delayed the event, but about 40K people were expected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2024 10:25 AM CDT
White House's Easter Egg Roll Hits a Bit of Weather
The White House Easter Egg Roll was set to begin on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday. Thunder and lightning delayed the start of the annual event.   (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Thunder and lightning delayed the start of the Easter egg roll at the White House for 90 minutes on Monday, but the event eventually kicked off under gray skies and intermittent rain. More than 40,000 people—10,000 more than last year—were expected to participate in the event, attempting to coax hard-boiled eggs across the lawn to a finish line, reports the AP. This year's theme is "EGGucation" and led by Jill Biden, a teacher for more than 30 years. The egg roll is an annual tradition first held in 1878, and various stations on the South Lawn and Ellipse will help children learn about farming, healthier eating, exercise, and more, the White House says.

A large schoolhouse erected on the South Lawn offers kids activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM—including making circuit breakers or simulating a fossil dig. The kids will also have the opportunity to write notes to US troops and first responders with Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization. Guests will include thousands of military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors. Members of the general public claimed tickets through an online lottery and were being admitted in nine waves until the evening.

The first lady still teaches English and writing at a northern Virginia community college. She and President Biden didn't host the egg roll during the first year of his administration in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it resumed the last two years. The event dates to the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, who opened the White House lawn to children after they were kicked off the grounds of the US Capitol. (More White House Easter Egg Roll stories.)

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