YORBA LINDA – What do Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson have in common? They were all in Yorba Linda on Monday celebrating Presidents Day.
A trio of actors portrayed the presidents and, along with the Air Force Band of the Golden West, entertained close to 5,000 guests at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.
Lincoln Pindroh, 9, of Placentia, entered the library dressed as his namesake, complete with a long black coat and stove pipe hat. Pindroh said he loves Lincoln because they share a name.
“He saved the slaves… and I love that,” he added.
Pindroh said he is planning to bring Lincoln cupcakes to school for his own birthday on Tuesday.
As presidents Lincoln and Jefferson posed for pictures inside, President George Washington, played by Gary Beard, walked the line of people waiting, keeping in character as he greeted folks and let children wear his three-pointed hat. Beard has been portraying Washington at the library since 1999.
The Nixon Library, which was renovated last year, has three free days a year: President Richard Nixon’s birthday on Jan. 9, First Lady Pat Nixon’s birthday on March 16 and Presidents Day.
Presidents Day is always the busiest, but Joe Lopez, communications director for the Richard Nixon Foundation, said this year’s holiday was expected to break a record for attendance.