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Celebrate Columbus Day!

Do you have the day off? What are you doing to celebrate?

Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.

Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.

Schools are open in the Los Angeles area. It is an official City of Los Angeles holiday, and city parks will operate on a holiday schedule. Trash pick-up will remain as usual. State and Los Angeles County offices are also closed.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles Offices will be opened.

What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration? Tell us in the comments!

Barbara Lonsdale October 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Please, stop glorifying Columbus with the "victorious" history explanation above. Sure, tell people to enjoy the holiday if they have it off - but most of us that are educated know the real history as Columbus killed and enslaved Native Americans long after the vikings and Polynesians "discovered" America. Maybe one day it will be a day to celebrate the Indigenous peoples, such as myself, of America. :)

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