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D.C. Area Takes Part in Presidents’ Day Celebrations

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Imitator William Sommerfield, who dresses as General George Washington, waits to greet visitors in Mount Vernon, Va.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Imitator William Sommerfield, who dresses as General George Washington, waits to greet visitors in Mount Vernon, Va. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Updated: 7:22 a.m. Feb. 17, 2014
Posted: 4:31 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington region is planning several Presidents’ Day celebrations for Monday, and federal offices will be closed and parking free across much of the DMV.

Mount Vernon

George Washington’s celebrated the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Mount Vernon, the former home of the nation’s first president, offered free admission on Monday.

Spokeswoman Melissa Wood says the estate often sees more than 10,000 people come for the holiday, but they are expecting a smaller crowd this year. That’s in part because school systems like Fairfax County are holding classes to make up for lost snow days.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also made remarks at the home where there was a wreath-laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb and a 21-gun salute.

Alexandria Parade

The annual Presidents’ Day Parade travels the same streets in Old Town Alexandria where George Washington once walked.

The free parade kicked off at 1 p.m. on King Street, and the event gave people a chance to explore historic sites that were important during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is hosting an open house of its ornate Main Reading Room to show how the public can access the library’s resources and a presidential display for Presidents’ Day.

The reading room will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reference librarians will show visitors how to obtain registration cards and use the library’s services. A special display also will feature items from the first three U.S. presidents.

The library is also hosting activities for children in its Young Readers Center, including presidential trivia and reading famous speeches by presidents.

Guided tours of the library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building will be offered throughout the day.

All other reading rooms and buildings will be closed for the holiday.

Transportation

Metro trains will be operating on a Saturday schedule for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Metro says the system will run from 5 a.m. to midnight on Monday and charge off-peak fares.

Metro is also continuing track work through the Monday holiday. On the red line, free shuttle buses are replacing red line trains between Woodley Park and Metro Center. The Farragut North and Dupont Circle stations are closed. Metro says express buses are operating between Woodley Park and Metro Center. Passengers using those buses should add about 20 minutes to their travel times. Local buses are also operating and making intermediate stops at the closed stations.

Metrobus is on a Saturday supplemental schedule, and MetroAccess has regular service, but subscription trips are canceled.

Montgomery County RideOn buses are running on a modified holiday schedule, and Fairfax Connector is running on a holiday weekday schedule.

VRE and MTA Commuter Bus both have no service Monday.

MARC is running the Penn Line only on a Sunday schedule.

Parking

There will be no parking enforcement in D.C. on Monday, and rush-hour traffic and parking restrictions are lifted.

In Maryland, there are no parking meter fees in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, except for the New Carrollton garage, National Harbor and Department of Corrections.

In Virginia, there are no parking meter fees in Alexandria and Arlington, and HOV restrictions are lifted on Interstate 395 and Interstate 66.

What’s Open/Closed

Federal government offices are closed Monday, and all local government offices in Maryland, Virginia and the District also are closed.

There is no mail delivery on Monday, except for Express Mail.

Schools are closed in the District, Maryland and Virginia, with the exception of Fairfax County, where students are in school Monday to make up for a snow day on Jan. 21.

(TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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