Spending Presidents Day with the Presidents

Free activities at the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan presidential libraries.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.

Admission will be free at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda today for Washington's Birthday, while the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley will mark the holiday with a free set of family-oriented activities.

The Nixon Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first 300 guests receiving a free slice of cherry pie.

Actors portraying the presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt -- will be available for pictures.

The actors will give an educational talk about the presidents they are portraying at 1 p.m.

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform in the East Room at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

More information on the Nixon Library is available by calling (714) 993-5075 or online at library.nixonfoundation.org or nixonlibrary.gov.  

The Reagan Library will conduct its 22nd annual Presidents Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling and presidential and first lady lookalikes.

Admission is free, with food available for purchase.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with its regular admission rates -- $21 for adults, $15 for children ages 11 to 17 years old, $6 for children ages 3 to 10, and $18 for ages 62 and older. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

More information on the Reagan Library is available by calling (805) 522-2977 or online at reaganfoundation.org.

Although commonly known as Presidents Day, the Monday holiday is still legally Washington's Birthday.

The holiday was shifted from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February 1971 under the terms of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. Because the holiday falls between Feb. 15 and 21 it can never fall on the actual anniversary of Washington's birth in 1732.

The term Presidents Day began being popularized in the 1980s, when retailers combined sales formerly held in conjunction with Washington and
Lincoln's birthdays.

--City News Service

Brainwashed_In_Church February 17, 2014 at 01:23 PM
I doubt less than 1 in 1000 Americans would give two seconds of thought to American presidents today. If they're not working, they're running errands, having fun, watching TV, working out, etc. Nobody really cares.
Penny Arévalo February 17, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Oh, that's sad. I've been to both libraries and enjoyed it. I hear the RR library has a current exhibit on spies. That's intriguing!
Shripathi Kamath February 17, 2014 at 02:21 PM
No Charles, some people do give a lot of thought to Presidents today. Especially those two. They want to impeach the current one like Nixon, and wish that Reagan was actually the President resembling his hagiography. Still others express their indifference while commenting from the beach, presumably planning their future, watching their investments, and the indifference of people to Presidents, or at least why it should be nothing but.
MayMom February 18, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Why aren't articles like this being put in the email notification sooner. I know they are on the Patch site but sometimes people use their email prompt. Just a suggestion.
Penny Arévalo February 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM
MayMom, the emailed newsletters are a little like getting a newspaper. There has to be a deadline. Ours is 6 a.m. So at 6 a.m., the newsletter sends out everything posted in the last 24 hours. To get more timely delivery of news: 1) check your favorite Patch home page (you can set it up as your personal home page) 2) subscribe to a section -- for example, police and fire -- and you'll be notified when new stories in that category are posted 3) subscribe to the Facebook page and/or Twitter accounts of your hometown Patch. :-)


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