Admission will be free at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda today for Presidents Day, while the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley will mark the holiday with a free set of family-oriented activities.
The Nixon Library in Yorba Linda 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.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward Larson will discuss his new book, “The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789” at 6 p.m.
“The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789” chronicles the period of Washington’s life between his stepping down as commander-in-chief after leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War and taking office as president and uncovers Washington’s vital role in shaping the Constitution.
The Reagan Library in Simi Valley will conduct its 23rd annual Presidents Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling and presidential and first lady lookalikes.
Admission is free to the celebration, with food available for purchase.
The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with its regular admission rates — $16 for adults, $9 for children ages 11 to 17 years old, $6 for children ages 3 to 10, and $13 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.