White House Easter Egg Roll canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Some virtual events have been planned instead.

March 21, 2021, 2:56 PM

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll will get a virtual twist this year after the traditional event was canceled for the second year in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s virtual Easter Egg Roll, put on by the White House Historical Association, includes a 360-degree scavenger hunt inside the White House that allows users to explore the executive mansion and learn "fun facts" about the tradition’s history.

PHOTO: Children take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, April 22, 2019.
Children take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, April 22, 2019.
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"The Bidens hope to continue this tradition in 2022," Michael LaRosa, spokesman for first lady Jill Biden announced on Twitter, referring to the in-person event.

He added that "The White House plans to send out thousands of the 2021 commemorative Easter Egg Roll eggs in the coming days to vaccination sites and local hospitals."

The official White House Easter eggs feature the first family’s German shepherds, Champ and Major, together on a gold egg and another design option with an Easter bunny sporting a face mask that comes in four colors.

PHOTO: Signs direct guests to different locations during the 141st Easter Egg Roll at the White House, April 22, 2019.
Signs direct guests to different locations during the 141st Easter Egg Roll at the White House, April 22, 2019.
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The White House Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878 and draws thousands to the South Lawn. It originally got its start under former President Rutherford Hayes. It was canceled in 2020 while a majority of the U.S. was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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