It may feel like winter will never end, but on Monday, Melania Trump reminded us spring is in fact on its way when she announced the return of the White House Easter Egg Roll for 2019, a tradition that dates back to 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Here’s everything you need to know about the springtime party and how you can enter for a chance to attend.
When is the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll?
This year’s Easter Egg Roll will take place on Monday, April 22, 2019, on the South Lawn of the White House. Select families with children 13 years old and younger are invited to join the President, First Lady, White House staff, and their families for a day filled with activities.
How to get tickets to the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll
According to the White House, Easter Egg Roll tickets are free to the public, however, to obtain one you must request a ticket through an online lottery. The lottery system opens Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at 10 a.m. EST and closes on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. EST.
Entering the lottery is free and winners will be notified via email on or before Thursday, March 14, 2019. Tickets cannot be resold. You can enter the lottery here.
History of the White House Easter Egg Roll
As the White House explained, the tradition officially began in 1878 with President Rutherford B. Hayes, however, unofficially informal festivities began with egg-rolling parties under President Abraham Lincoln.
The tradition officially began after President Ulysses S. Grant banned the practice of rolling eggs on the Capitol grounds — and even signed an official bill for it — due to landscape concerns.
However, in 1878, a few precocious children approached the White House and President Hayes let them in to play. Soon enough, the tradition was back in full force.
How to watch the White House Easter Egg Roll on T.V.
Though there are no live links from the White House just yet, you’ll likely be able to stream the entire event for free on the White House website. Get ready for this year’s event by watching a recap of the 2018 roll below.