New York's Fifth Avenue, the site of
largest Columbus Day parade.
This year, Columbus Day will be celebrated on Monday, October 14, 2024.
school kid knows, it was Christopher
Columbus who "in 1492 sailed the ocean blue" on an epic journey half way around the globe -- only to bump into what we now call America. The problem was that he thought he had arrived in India and mistakenly called the natives Indians (now known as, um, Native Americans.)
the confusion, the discovery changed the course of history.
Today, among modern celebrations that mark the discovery of America, a big one for consumers is the annual Columbus Day sale offering summer clearances on garden equipment and air conditioners! 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.
While it's a normal workday for many Americans, Columbus Day is an official federal government holiday, Post offices and banks close in honor of
the day although Wall St. stock markets stay open as usual.
Libraries are also usually closed for the day. School closings are made at the local level, and often East Coast schools will be given the day off while others remain open throughout the rest of the nation.
Columbus Day controversies
Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrations take
place on the same day as Columbus Day.
A culture clash continues to grown between those who recognize the contributions of Native Americans and those who celebrate Columbus Day.
Those who still honor the day see Christopher Columbus as an epic figure who helped forge an important trade route from the Old World to the New World, which eventually led to the American ideals of liberty.
Meanwhile, Native Americans regard Columbus Day (only declared a federal holiday in 1937) as a teaching moment to remind the nation of its entire past: Could Columbus have truly "discovered" America when Native Americans had already been living there for countless generations?
More about Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples' around the Web:
Around the Web, discover more about traditional and
new ways to celebrate Columbus Day with more stories and history
lessons, arts and crafts ideas, and video just up ahead...
Day - From the Holiday Zone which offers fun arts and crafts
ideas, songs and poems, with links to sites that celebrate
Columbus Day. Sites that celebrate
Indigenous Peoples Day are given equal time, as well.