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Columbus Day in United States of America 2018

When is Columbus Day?

Monday, 8th October, 2018

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Columbus Day is on the second Monday in October each year.

On the second Monday of October many places in the USA and some around the world celebrate Columbus Day. This holiday commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.

It is typically a celebration of Italian and Spanish Americans contributions to the USA and their heritage, but also has a strong link to patriotism.

The earliest celebrations were in 1792 and in 1905 was made a state holiday, in Colorado, and became a federal holiday in 1934. The date was changed from a strict anniversary on the 12th of October to the second Monday in October in 1971.

Columbus Day is a commemoration of the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. A celebration of the arrival date of Columbus, Columbus day now also is used to recognize the contributions of Americans of Italian or Spanish ancestry.

This day has also been used to have patriotic celebrations and was a big part of celebrations around the 400th anniversary of the date Columbus arrived in the Americas.

A celebration of the day that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, Columbus Day was originally observed on October 12 but is now celebrated on the second Monday of October.

Also observed in some South American nations, some Caribbean nations, Italy and Spain, Columbus Day has come to be celebrated not only for the voyage and arrival of Columbus in the Americas, but also to recognize the achievements of Italian and Spanish Americans.

From anniversary celebrations of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas and local Italian American celebrations of their heritage on the same day, Columbus Day became an official holiday in 1905 in Colorado.

In 1937 Columbus Day became a federal holiday held on the 12th of October, this was changed to the second Monday in October in 1971.

Modern observations of Columbus Day are a recognition of Italian and Spanish Americans contributions to the nation as well as a patriotic celebration.

Though there is no real symbolic meaning to Columbus Day itself, it is often used as a chance to recognize the contributions of Americans of Italian or Spanish decent.

It was also used to talk about patriotism during its 400th anniversary, with preachers, teachers and politicians using the date to talk about the importance of national loyalty, to celebrate social progress and inform about citizenship.

Columbus Day is held on the second Monday of October annually. This has changed from the original date of the 12th of October. This original date was set as a federal holiday in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt but was later changed in 1971 to its current date.

The earliest recorded celebrations for this date were in 1792 which was the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.

Usually used as a day to celebrate the contributions of Italian and Spanish Americans, Columbus Day has no particular symbolic meaning however.

The 400th anniversary celebration was also used by teachers, preachers and politicians to promote pariotism. This focused on citizenship, the importance of national loyalty and as a celebration of social progress.

Columbus Day is a Federal Holiday.

Others observe the holiday as a public holiday, others do not.

These are the US states that observance of Columbus Day: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia.

These are the US states that NOT observance of Columbus Day: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Depends on the state observance of the holiday, so it is best to check with your school, but the states of Vermont, South Dakota, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska will almost certainly have school on the date of Columbus Day.

Varies state to state, but as Columbus Day is a federal holiday, there is a good chance that the post office will be closed in most areas.

Yes, and this includes: the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), National Association Of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (NASDAQ), American Stock Exchange (Amex), BSE, BEX, BOX, CBOE, CBOT, CME, CHX, ISE, MS4X, NSX, PHLX.

As a federal holiday most federal government services will be closed, but state government services may be open. The closing of schools, banks and businesses will depend on your state. It is best to check.

Depending on your state no businesses of service may be closed for Columbus Day, but some may be. It is best to check how or if your state observes this holiday.

As a patriotic celebration and a commemoration of the day that the Americas were discovered by Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day’s importance lies in its status as what lead to the formation of the USA.

The large Italian American communities in the USA also celebrate Columbus Day, using it as a celebration of their heritage and the contributions of Americans from Italian and Spanish backgrounds.

The earliest recorded celebrations of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas was the 300th anniversary, where several cities held celebrations. There were also events held by Italian Americans, the earliest recorded is 1866, who considered the day as a celebration of their heritage.

These early celebrations focused on Italian heritage and patriotism and became a official holiday in Colorado in 1905. In 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt named it a federal holiday, with a set date of the 12th of October. This was eventually changed in 1971 to the second Monday in October.

Many cities hold Columbus Day parades. The most famous of these are held in San Francisco (the oldest) and New York (the biggest).

The earliest recorded parade was in 1868 and was held in San Francisco. This parade was by the local Italian American population and was established by Nicola Larco.

5 Columbus Day Important Facts

  1. Colombus day is celbrated every year on the second Monday of October
  2. Colombus day was celebrated first in 1792 but only in 1905 it became a holiday
  3. Columbus Day is a Federal Holiday or a Public Holiday it depends on the state
  4. This holiday celebrates the discovery of america by Christopher Colombus
  5. Many cities hold Columbus Day parades. The biggest parade is held at New York.

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