The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration was comprised of events, concerts, statue unveilings, academic symposia, athletic tributes and commemorations around the nation and the world. Below is a listing of some of these events.


January 1, 2011
Pasadena, CA
The Tournament of Roses Parade Float
On New Year's Day 2011, with over 47 million Americans watching, the first-ever Presidential-themed float featuring Ronald Reagan appeared in the Rose Parade. The float design highlighted President Reagan's life and leadership and received the National Trophy Award for "Best Depiction of Life in America." Broadcast in 220 countries, participation in the Rose Parade was the official launch of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration year.


February 1-2, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
Academic Symposium, University of Southern California
In honor of President Reagan's Centennial, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation partnered with six outstanding American universities to present a series of academic conferences titled, The Leadership of President Ronald Reagan: Lessons and Legacy. The University of Southern California hosted the first conference in this series which discussed Ronald Reagan the man, the communicator, and focused on his leadership. Participants included Tom Brokaw, Douglas Brinkley, Governor Pete Wilson, Lou Cannon, Geoff Cowan and Jack Knott.
Watch this event.


February 5, 2011
Simi Valley, CA
Concert for America – A Tribute to Ronald Reagan
The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration Concert for America - A Tribute to Ronald Reagan took place in the Air Force One Pavilion of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The concert comprised of a wide variety of music genres, including Lee Greenwood, Beach Boys, USC Marching Band, Lonestar, Roger Williams, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and more. Musical acts were interspersed with in-person and video tributes from world leaders and prominent individuals whose lives were impacted by the legacy of President Reagan.
Watch the concert.


February 6, 2011
Simi Valley, CA
100th Birthday Ceremony
In honor of the 100th Birthday of America's 40th President, a military tribute and official wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on the morning of February 6, 2011. The program included a F18 Hornet flyover from the air wing of the USS Ronald Reagan, a 21-gun Howitzer salute, remarks by Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Gary Sinise and former Secretary of State James Baker, musical tributes by the Beach Boys and Amy Grant, and more. 
Watch the birthday ceremony.


February 6, 2011
Washington, DC
Washington National Cathedral Recognition
On the President Reagan's birthday, the Washington National Cathedral honored the President's legacy and leadership during the worship services with keynote speaker Elizabeth Dole.
Watch the ceremony.


February 6, 2011
Ronald Reagan Day Proclaimed
Governors and elected leaders from across our nation proclaimed Ronald Reagan Day in their state/city on February 6, 2011 in observance of President Reagan's 100th birthday. Leaders throughout the United States honored President Reagan's belief in the greatness of our nation and the fundamental American values of freedom and opportunity that he firmly defended.


February 6, 2011
Dallas, TX
NFL Super Bowl XLV Honors Reagan Centennial
During the live pregame for Super Bowl XLV, the NFL showed a "Reagan Tribute" video on the 152 foot jumbotron in Cowboys Stadium in honor of President Reagan's 100th birthday. Narrated by famed sports announcer, Joe Buck, the video showed President Reagan at various stages of his incredible life, including his time as a football player at Eureka College and a sports announcer in Des Moines, IA.
Watch the tribute video.


February 7, 2011
Simi Valley, CA
Renovated Museum Opening
Since opening nearly two decades ago, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has hosted over 10 million visitors. To better tell the story of President Reagan's life, accomplishments, and legacy, the Museum underwent a $15 million renovation to incorporate modern museum design with the support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The 26,400 square feet of new interactive exhibits and never-before-seen presidential artifacts and gifts was unveiled after a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the 100th Birthday Ceremony.


February 10, 2011
Simi Valley, CA
Ronald Reagan Centennial Postage Stamp Issued
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation marked the first day of sale of the commemorative Ronald Reagan postage stamp with an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.


February 10-11, 2011
Washington, DC
Academic Symposium, University of Virginia
The second in the academic symposium series, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia hosted a two-day conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. with a focus on the President's impact on international policies and achievements, entitled Reagan in a World Transformed. Participants included former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Andrea Mitchell, Ambassador John Negroponte, Michael Barone and Gerry Baliles.
Watch the symposium.


February 10-12, 2011
Washington, DC
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
Ronald Reagan spoke at CPAC a total of 12 times. In his 1985 speech, he referred to CPAC as his "…opportunity to dance with the one that brung ya." In honor of Ronald Reagan's commitment to conservatism and freedom for all, the Reagan Centennial participated in the 2011 CPAC.


February 17-20, 2011
Pacific Palisades, CA
Partnership with the 2011 Northern Trust Open
The Reagan Centennial partnered with the Northern Trust Open to celebrate the President's birthday at the west coast PGA Tour stop. On Saturday, February 19th, NBA Legend Jerry West on behalf of Northern Trust presented to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation a check for being an official charity of the Northern Trust Open. As a golf enthusiast, President Reagan once lived just miles from the historical golf course at Riviera Country Club where the tournament is now played.


February 20, 2011
Daytona Beach, FL
Reagan Tribute Video at the Daytona 500
February 27, 2011
Phoenix, AZ
Reagan Tribute Video at the Subway 400
Ronald Reagan loved all sports, in particular, NASCAR. He was the first American president to attend a NASCAR race, the 1984 Firecracker 400, where Richard Petty won his 200th race. To honor the Reagan Centennial, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation partnered with NASCAR for the 2011 Daytona 500 and the 2011 Subway Fresh Fit 400 by showing a Tribute Video at each of these races. The video was narrated by famed NASCAR and FOX announcer, Mike Joy.
Watch the tribute video.


March 22, 2011
New York City, NY
Wall Street Journal and Manhattan Institute Conference
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, in partnership with the Wall Street Journal and The Manhattan Institute hosted a panel discussion on "Supply Side Economics: Reagan's Leadership Then and Now" in New York, New York. Steve Forbes, Robert Mundell, Art Laffer, Lawrence Kudlow, Maria Bartiromo, Lewis Lehrman and Paul Gigot participated in the program.
Watch part 1 of the panel discussion.
Watch part 2 of the panel discussion.
Watch part 3 of the panel discussion.


March 27, 2011
Fontana, CA
Partnership with the Auto Club Speedway
The NASCAR Auto Club 400 recognized the legacy of Ronald Reagan and honored the Centennial during this Sprint Cup Series race with an exclusive Reagan Centennial ticket package, Reagan Tribute video preview, announcement of the Reagan Centennial NASCAR #98 to be driven by Austin Dillon at a future race, and 80,000 Jelly Belly's passed out to race attendees. Additionally, Richard Petty Racing partnered with the Reagan Centennial for car #33 which finished seventh in the race. Watch the tribute video.


April-August, 2011
Partnership with Major League Baseball teams
America's pastime was a favorite of Ronald Reagan. He was the "voice of" the Chicago Cubs as sportscaster for the WOC radio station in Davenport, Iowa. As President he attended four MLB games and threw out the first pitch in three, and played the role of a baseball player in the movie, "The Winning Team." The Reagan Centennial partnered with Major League Baseball teams, including the San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Texas Rangers to celebrate the legacy of Ronald Reagan by showing a tribute video at each of these games. Watch the tribute video.


May 6, 2011
Santa Catalina, CA
Santa Catalina Film Festival
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation awarded "Atlas Shrugged Part 1" with its inaugural Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award. Atlas Shrugged Producer Harmon Kaslow accepted the award at the opening night gala of the 2011 Santa Catalina Film Festival on Catalina Island, California, May 6, 2011. The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award was created as part of the celebrations of what would have been Reagan's 100th birthday in 2011. 2011's award marks the 75th anniversary of the start of Ronald Reagan's film and television career, which began on Catalina Island in 1936, when Reagan did a screen test for Warner Brothers while in Southern California to cover Chicago Cubs spring training.
Watch the tribute video.


May 24, 2011
Washington, DC
Reagan Centennial Gala
On May 24 the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation hosted a Washington, DC Gala for the Centennial Celebration with keynote speaker, Secretary Robert Gates. At this event, the Ronald Reagan Centennial Freedom Award was bestowed upon former Polish President Lech Walesa.
Watch the Centennial Gala.


June 19-24, 2011
Washington, DC
Ronald Reagan Close-Up
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation hosted a National Youth Conference in Washington, DC in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, celebrating Close Up's 40th anniversary of bringing thousands of students from across America to Washington, DC for a non-partisan, educational experience. 102 high school students, nominated by their governors, attended this weeklong program. The focus was on examining civil discourse and how Ronald Reagan used it effectively to build coalitions to find common ground, even across the political aisle. Speakers included Dana Perino, Anita McBride, Susan Page, Mari Will, Ed Meese and Congressman Aaron Schock.
Watch the Discussion on Governing and Constitutional Checks and Balances.


June 27 – July 4, 2011
International Events
The Centennial anniversary moved overseas, where Ronald Reagan's legacy of inspiring freedom and changing the world was celebrated. International celebrations included stops in Krakow, Poland on June 27, Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic and London, United Kingdom.

These events included two statue unveilings, a street renaming, a Mass of Thanksgiving, a Parliamentary Memorial Session, conferences and dinners. Dr. Condoleezza Rice represented Mrs. Reagan, and keynote addresses were delivered from foreign dignitaries at every stop.
Watch the London, England statue unveiling in Grosvenor Square.
Watch the London, England gala dinner program in GuildHall.


September 7, 2011
Simi Valley, CA
Ronald Reagan Centennial Republican Debate
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation partnered with NBC News and POLITICO to hold the Ronald Reagan Centennial Republican Debate on September 7, 2011. Held at the Reagan Library, the debate aired on MSNBC, CNBC, in Spanish on Telemundo, and online at www.politico.com and www.msnbc.com. The debate was moderated by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and John F. Harris, Editor in Chief of POLITICO. A portion of the evening's Q&A session was led by Jose Diaz-Balart, the anchor of "Noticiero Telemundo." Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum participated in the debate.
Watch debate highlights.


September 13, 2011
Simi Valley, CA
Pepperdine University Conference
The third in the Reagan Centennial academic symposium series, Pepperdine University hosted Soviet dissident, freedom fighter and human rights activist Natan Sharansky at the Reagan Library to discuss "Faith and Public Policy." Opening remarks were made by Pepperdine University Dean Jim Wilburn.
Watch the conference.


September-December, 2011
National Football Coin Toss
The National Football Coin Toss was participated in by over 6,800 high schools, nearly 200 universities and colleges and seven NFL teams. Each team received a specially minted Reagan Centennial coin which was tossed in honor of the President at the start of the game. A Reagan tribute video was shown at hundreds of stadiums and a civics curriculum, developed by our university partner, The Miller Center at the University of Virginia, was sent to high schools across America. Nearly 2,500 high schools also chose to turn the Centennial commemorative coin into an ongoing leadership award for an outstanding student at their school for years to come.
Watch the tribute video.
Download the high school curriculum.


October 9, 2011
Kansas City, KS
NASCAR and Centennial CD Release
Reagan Centennial National Youth Committee Co-Chair Austin Dillon made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut driving the No.98 Curb Agajanian/Reagan Centennial/Camping World/Curb Records Chevrolet in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. In addition to playing the Reagan Centennial NASCAR tribute video, Curb Records released "Together, A New Beginning," a 16-track CD supporting the centennial celebration.
Watch the tribute video.


October 19, 2011
Annapolis, MD
Academic Symposium, United States Naval Academy
The fourth in the Reagan Centennial academic symposium series, Ronald Reagan's decisive "Peace Through Strength" initiatives were the focus of the United States Naval Academy's annual Forrestal Lecture on October 19, 2011. Speaking to 5,000 midshipmen, GE CEO and Reagan Foundation Board of Trustee Jeffery R. Immelt discussed how "Peace Through Strength" helped, in the words of Margaret Thatcher, end the Cold War 'without ever firing a shot.'


October 25, 2011
Washington, DC
Academic Symposium, Georgetown University
The fifth in the Reagan Centennial academic symposium series was held in conjunction with Georgetown University on October 25, 2011. This forum commemorated President Reagan's establishment of formal diplomatic relations with The Holy See by examining and discussing how Vatican diplomacy has evolved into a critical component of US-global diplomacy.

Participants Included John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University; Fred Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation; John O'Sullivan, author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister; Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C.; R. James Nicholson, Former US Ambassador to the Holy See and Secretary of Veterans Affairs; L. Francis Rooney III, Former US Ambassador to the Holy See; Carol Lancaster, Dean, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; and Joe Grieboski, Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Institute on Religion and Public Policy.


November 1, 2011
Washington, DC
Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled
As part of the historic year-long celebration commemorating the Reagan Centennial, a statue of President Ronald Reagan was unveiled at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The nine-foot tall bronze statue of President Reagan weighs approximately 900 pounds and stands in front of a 38 foot curving stainless steel wall which is four feet high at its peak and includes the cutout image of an American eagle.  The statue captures President Reagan in motion, as he greets travelers arriving or departing Reagan National Airport. The statue was created by acclaimed American sculptor Chas Fagan of North Carolina, whose other works of President Reagan can be seen in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, in Grosvenor Square in London, and at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.  Speakers at the unveiling included The Honorable Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation; The Honorable Elizabeth Dole, Former United States Secretary of Transportation (under President Reagan); The Honorable James Burnley, Former United States Secretary of Transportation (under President Reagan); Charles D. Snelling, Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; and Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
Watch the statue unveiling.
Watch the luncheon program.


November 11, 2011
Notre Dame, IN
Academic Symposium, University of Notre Dame
The sixth and last in the Reagan Centennial academic symposium was held in conjunction with Notre Dame University and was entitled, The Leadership of President Ronald Reagan: Lessons and Legacy. Panelists focused on President Reagan's domestic and economic policies, and how the lessons learned during the Reagan years can be applied to the current economic climate. Speakers included Ed Meese, former Attorney General of the United States; James Burnley, former Secretary of Transportation; Manley Johnson, former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; and James Miller, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The panel was moderated by Judy Woodruff.


November 14, 2011
Washington, DC
MPAA Event
To honor Ronald Reagan's contributions to the motion picture industry, the Reagan Foundation partnered with the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) for a day-long celebration, hosted by MPAA Chairman Senator Chris Dodd. A morning panel, moderated by John Harris of POLITICO, included Sam Donaldson and Andrea Mitchell. An evening reception, headlined by keynote speaker General Colin Powell, was attended by studio heads from Time Warner, Fox, Universal and Paramount.


November 21-25, 2011
International Events
The Centennial anniversary moved back overseas, where Ronald Reagan's legacy was celebrated in Poland, Georgia and Lithuania. On November 21, in Warsaw, Poland, a statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled by Lech Walesa in front of the U.S. Embassy. On November 23, in Tbilisi, Georgia, the President of Georgia unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan in Freedom Park. Lastly, in Vilnius, Lithuania on November 25, a Letter of Intent for a Ronald Reagan Freedom Center was signed.


December 10, 2011
Washington, DC
Army-Navy Football Game
The Centennial year ended with a tribute to Ronald Reagan at the Army-Navy football game on December 10, 2011 by participating in the national Coin Toss prior to the start of their game.
Watch the tribute video.
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