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Celebrating Easter in Washington D.C.

April 6, 2017

President And Mrs. Obama Host Annual Easter Egg Roll At White House

On April 17th, the Easter Egg Roll, one of the most popular events hosted by the White House, will take place.  Join the First Family on the South Lawn for a full day of exciting activities including a visit with the Easter Bunny, story time, sports and games, live entertainment, and the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll.

In the 1870s, Capitol Hill had become a popular spot for children to roll eggs down the hill on Easter Monday.  As the event became more popular, the grounds became more damaged. In 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children’s playground. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes issued an order that if any children should come to the White House to roll their Easter eggs, they would be allowed to do so. The tradition has been carried on since, and has grown into a major event.

With the cherry blossoms in bloom and the spring finally here, it is a great time of year to enjoy some of the many activities Washington D.C. with your educational group.

(1)  Your student tour group will enjoy seeing the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912.

(2)  On April 13, your school group may visit the Jefferson Memorial and attend the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the birthday of our third president. The event will feature a military color guard, patriotic wreath tributes and the sounding of “Taps”.

(3)  The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world. Visit with your group tour to learn about the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.

(4)  At the National Zoo, your student group can view and learn about animals indigenous to African such as the kori bustard, cheetah, gorilla, and gaboon viper. On April 17th, the Zoo will offer an Easter egg roll/hunt, crafts, and live entertainment.

(5)  Your educational group may choose to take in a Washington Nationals Baseball game at Nationals Park or a Washington Capitals game.  The NHL Hockey team plays at the Verizon Center through the end of April.

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