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All About Columbus Day

Columbus Day is on Monday, Oct. 8 this year.

Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting.

Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.

Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Relaxation? Or do you have to work?

Assaggiatore October 08, 2012 at 10:30 PM
within 100 years of Columbus coming to the Americas. 90% of the indigenous population was wiped out. mainly due to genocide and infectious diseases they had no natural immunity to. Imagine 3 Spanish soldiers coming to your home and telling you they own it now,

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