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A Brief History of the White House Easter Egg Roll

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America’s best known Easter Egg Roll was almost stomped out by Congress in 1877. How?

Before 1877, the roll took place on the Capitol Hill grounds. But a rowdy roll in 1876 took a tremendous toll on the grounds and Congress decided to put a stop to the tradition. It passed a law forbidding the grounds from being “used as a children’s playground” due to a lower landscaping budget.

President Hayes intervened the following year when he opened the White House grounds for what has turned into the largest annual event hosted at the White House.

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Emily Long, Jones PR

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