The White House Easter Egg Roll is a presidential tradition dating back more than 100 years. But it actually got its start at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
After the Civil War, children rolled eggs on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol every Easter Monday.
But by 1876, Congress was fed up because the festivities ruined the grass. So it passed a law to protect its lawn and keep the egg-rollers away.
Two years later, President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed families to the first Easter egg roll at the White House.
The festivities have changed over the years. During Grover Cleveland's two presidencies, children were allowed to roll eggs in the East Room — they ruined the carpet in the process.
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U.S. President George W. Bush greets ballet dancers who performed at the White House's annual children's holiday reception and performance in the East Room of the White House in Washington, December 5, 2005. The President and first lady Laura Bush watched a performance by members of the Washington Ballet with over 100 children of military families and local school kids. REUTERS/Jason Reed
U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush (seated, R) gather with children of military families and local school kids to watch their annual children's holiday reception and performance in the East Room of the White House in Washington, December 5, 2005. The President and first lady watched a performance by members of the Washington Ballet with over 100 children. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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(Original Caption) Washington, DC- Picture shows a May Pole dance on the White House lawn. Undated photo.
(Original Caption) President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan hang ornaments here, made for them by the two Korean children that they brought back from Korea on Air Force One for heart surgery, in their residence on December 24th. The Reagans will spend Christmas in the White House before flying to California for the New Year.
An African American boy holds the hand of a much younger white girl at the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington D.C., 1898. | Location: White House grounds, Washington D. C., USA. (Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) President and Mrs. Kennedy admire the White House Christmas tree in the Main Lobby during a picture taking session today. Later, approximately 1,200 mem and women employed in the Executive offices joined the first Couple to receive their annual gift and enjoy some Christmas refreshments.
(Original Caption) Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, receives a pre-Easter visit from Bunny Rabbit and clown Bobby Kay outside the White House.
(Original Caption) Washington, DC: President Johnson was presented with this 40-pound broad-breasted white Tom Thanksgiving turkey at the White House November 16. Senator Everett M. Dirksen, Republican--Illinois, made the presentation for the National Turkey Federation.
(Original Caption) Ronald Reagan receiving Rabbis at the White House on during Hanuka. (Photo by jean-Louis Atlan/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Washington, D.C.: Children play under a large stuffed rabbit on the lawn of the White House during an Easter Egg Rolling Contest being sponsored by President Ronald Reagan.
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Benjamin Harrison invited the U.S. Marine Band to play at the 1889 event. It still performs at today's White House Easter Egg Roll.
First lady Lou Hoover didn't like the smell of rotten eggs, so she introduced maypole and folk dances in 1929.
Speaking of rotten eggs, first lady Pat Nixon implemented the first hunt with real eggs. It didn't go well. The Easter Bunny hopped on over to the event in 1969, and spoons from the White House kitchen were added to the egg roll races in 1974.
And wooden eggs signed by the president and first lady have been handed out at every egg roll since the Reagan administration.