Some Americans celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church services, parades and large events are held. Many celebrations happen in the Italian-American community. The celebrations in New York and San Francisco are particularly noteworthy. In Hawaii Columbus Day is celebrated as Discoverers’ Day, but it is not a state holiday.
Many states now celebrate Native Americans’ Day/Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day.
Columbus day is a public holiday in many parts of the United states, but is not a day off in some states. Some government offices are closed because Columbus Day is still a federal government holiday.
In Tennesse, Columbus Day is a legal holiday according to the Tenn. Code Ann. § 15-1-101 (2019), but the Governor can substitute the day after Thanksgiving for Columbus Day for the purpose of closing state offices. When this occurs, state employees do not get a day off on the second Monday of October. Instead, they get the Friday after the fourth Thursday of November as a holiday.
Many businesses and shops are open in states that don’t have Columbus Day as a public holiday. Schools are not required to close but check with your school district or school calendar on Columbus Day school holiday closures. The same goes for post offices – check with your local post office.
Christopher Columbus is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas. He is sometimes portrayed as the discoverer of the New World. However, this is controversial on many counts. There is evidence that the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic were Viking explorers from Scandinavia. In addition, the land was already populated by indigenous peoples, who had ‘discovered’ the Americas thousands of years before.
Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage, due to the explorer´s origins in Italy. The holiday was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration took place in Colorado in 1907. Thirty years later, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the USA. However, it is a controversial holiday in some countries and has been re-named in others.
Columbus Day celebrations are controversial in some American communities because the settlement of Europeans in the Americas led to the deaths of a large proportion of the native people. Some have argued that this settlement was a direct result of Columbus’ actions. It has also been argued that Columbus should not be honored for discovering North America, as he only went as far as some islands in the Caribbean and never set foot on mainland America.
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1. Participate in parades: Many cities in the United States organize parades to commemorate Columbus Day. You can join the celebration and enjoy the music, costumes and culture.
2. Visit museums: Take advantage of Columbus Day to visit museums that focus on American history and culture. You can learn more about the legacy of Christopher Columbus and explore related exhibits.
3. Do outdoor activities: October is a beautiful month to enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of Columbus Day by hiking, biking, or simply enjoying a picnic at a nearby park.
4. Explore local history: Research if there are historical sites related to Christopher Columbus in your area. You can visit monuments, statues, or historical sites to learn more about Columbus’s influence on the United States.
5. Participate in community events: Many communities organize special events to celebrate Columbus Day. You can search for festivals, concerts or cultural activities in your area and join in the fun.