fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
New York's Fifth Avenue, the site of
largest Columbus Day parade.
school child knows, Christopher
Columbus was the Italian navigator who sailed with Spanish
ships to a land inhabited by native
Americans only to mistakenly call them Indians
because he thought that he had landed in India!
the confusion, the discovery changed the course of history.
Today, among many
celebrations that still mark the discovery of America, the biggest ones for consumers are the annual Columbus Day sales by major retailers coast to coast offering early fall bargains on furniture and winter apparel.
And, of course, there are the parades! The
one in NYC is by far the largest, grandest and most popular, welcoming over 1 million spectators annually.
This year, the annual Columbus Day Parade in NYC takes place on Monday, October 9, 2017 beginning at 11:45 AM as huge lunchtime crowds come out to cheer along the parade route up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street north to 79th Street.
Meanwhile, another big celebration happens on the West Coast as Columbus Day is observed during San Francisco Fleet Week -- when the city's Italian American population joins in to salute the US Navy -- while commemorating the famous Italian who brought his three famous ships to America in 1492.
closed on Columbus Day?
Despite it being a normal workday for many Americans, Columbus Day is an official federal government holiday with the post office and banks closing in honor of
the day (although Wall St. stock markets still stay open as usual.)
Around the Web, join in the fun as we celebrate both traditional and
new ways to celebrate Columbus Day with more stories and history
lessons, arts and crafts ideas, clip art and interactive exhibits just up ahead...
Day - From the Holiday Zone, with fun arts and crafts
ideas, songs and poems, with links to sites that celebrate
Columbus Day with clip art and other crafts. Sites that celebrate
Indigenous Peoples Day are given equal time, as well.