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Presidents Day: Free Events at Nixon, Reagan Libraries

Feeling Presidential? There are special Presidents Day events at the Nixon and Reagan libraries



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    SIMI VALLEY, CA - FEBRUARY 6: A member of the armed forces is seen in front of a seal for a birthday celebration held in honor of Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library February 6, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, would have been 100 Sunday. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

    Admission will be free at the Richard Nixon  Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda Monday for Presidents Day.

    Details: Nixon Library | Reagan Library

    The Nixon Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first  100 guests receiving a free slice of cherry pie.

    Actors portraying the presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore -- Thomas  Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington -- will be  available for pictures throughout the day and participate in a roundtable  discussion at 2 p.m. about America's role in the world when the men they are  portraying were president.

    James Humes, an author and presidential speechwriter during the Nixon  administration, will perform "Abe Please Don't Go to Gettysburg: The Inside  Story of the Gettysburg Address" at 11:30 a.m.

    Lookalikes and Storytelling at the Reagan Library

    In Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will mark the holiday  with a free set of family-oriented activities.

    The Reagan Library will conduct its 19th annual Presidents Day  Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with presidential and first lady  lookalikes, music and storytelling. 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 -- $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 11 to 17 years old and  $9 for ages 62 and older. Children under 10 years old are admitted free.

    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.

    Holiday Closures, Schedules

    Government offices, courts, schools, libraries,  banks and post offices will be closed for the Presidents Day holiday.

    Trash will be collected as usual in the city of Los Angeles.

    Metrolink trains will run on a normal schedule. Metro buses and rail lines will also run on a normal schedule.

    The following Foothill Transit lines will run on a weekend schedule:  178, 185, 187, 195, 197, 269, 272, 274, 280, 281, 282, 284, 285, 286, 289, 291,  480, 482, 486, 488, 492 and the Silver Streak. No other lines will be running.