Columbus Day in the USA

The 2nd Monday of the Eleventh month, October is observed as the Columbus Day. It reminds the arrival of the great Columbus on the American shore. He discovered America on 12th October, 1492. There are some controversy as the day also bears the memory of European settlement and ruling over the Red Indians. It diminished the historical glory and cultural enrichment.

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

Celebrating the Columbus Day

A lot of people in America observe the Columbus Day in Church. Also, other popular events are organized to celebrate the discovery of an outstanding nation. Many states and large cities arrange parade display or sport events. Church service is the common event in all over the United States of America. The Italian community of America arranges the most colorful events on the day. This day has another name in Hawaii, the Discoverer’s Day. Some big cities like New York, San Francisco observe the day greatly. The only one thing is missing during the observance. Till now, this has not been approved as a state holiday in Hawaii.
Some States also consider this day as the day for indigenous people, Native American, etc. Columbus Day is not popular in those states.

Columbus Day Pictures

Columbus Day Pictures

Life in Public

Being a public holiday in the most of the states, some states have denied it to consider as a state holiday. But every government office remain closed on the Columbus Day as it is declared a holiday by the Federal Government. Florida observes this day with great honor.
Private organizations like companies and shopping centers are open during the day. The educational institutions are not usually kept close though this is legislated as a holiday for them. Post offices maintain the same rule for observing the day. You can ask your nearest post office or school to know either it remains closed or open on the Columbus Day.

History of the Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus discovered America while he was sailing. His ship touched the shore of America and he became the first European sailor to reach there. He is known as the finder of the New World. There are some controversies on this matter. Vikings were the first explorers who sailed on the Atlantic Ocean. They started from Scandinavian region. Also, Red Indians or the indigenous people found America before anyone did. So, they were the real discoverers.

Columbus Day Images

Columbus Day Images


The Italian community living in the America observed the day at first to remind Americans about Columbus’s discovery. San Francisco was the center of this celebration in 1869. Colorado observed the day in all over the state in 1907. From the year 1937 to 1971, it was a public holiday in the USA. Columbus’s arrival is also observed in the Latin America or the South America. They call it DÃa de la Raza. It means the Day of the Race. Being a controversial day, some states observe it with other names and different activities.
The main reason of creating controversy with the Columbus Day is the settlement of Europeans in the newly discovered America. A huge part of the population of the Native people died while fighting against the Europeans. People blame Christopher Columbus for such occurrence. The cultural uniqueness of the Red Indians were totally demolished by the suppression of European settlers. Also, it is said that Columbus did not found America. He stepped on the Caribbean islands. He could not enter into the main American soil. He should be called as the discoverer of the Caribbean rather than calling the discoverer of the North America. These are the common rumors and controversies regarding the Columbus Day.
Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day

When Is Columbus Day?

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Mon Oct 11 2010 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, NV, OR, SD, TX, WA
Mon Oct 10 2011 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, NV, OR, SD, TX, WA
Mon Oct 8 2012 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, NV, OR, SD, TX, WA
Mon Oct 14 2013 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, NV, OR, SD, TX, WA
Mon Oct 13 2014 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 13 2014 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Mon Oct 12 2015 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Mon Oct 12 2015 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 10 2016 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Mon Oct 10 2016 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 9 2017 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 9 2017 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Mon Oct 8 2018 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Mon Oct 8 2018 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 14 2019 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 14 2019 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Mon Oct 12 2020 Columbus Day Federal Holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, MI, MN, ND, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WI, WY
Mon Oct 12 2020 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Happy Columbus Day Images

Happy Columbus Day Images

Name in other languages

Name Language
Columbus Day English
Día de la Raza Spanish
יום קולומבוס Hebrew
يوم كولومبوس Arabic
콜럼버스의 날 Korean
Columbus-dagen Norwegian
Kolumbus-Tag German

How Columbus Day came to be celebrated.

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