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Columbus Day

Get ready to sail into a day of discovery and celebration for Columbus Day - explore new places, try new foods, and learn about history!
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Introduction

Get ready to sail into a day filled with history and celebration on Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday in October. This holiday honors the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. While it has been celebrated since the late 18th century, it wasn't until 1937 that it became a federal holiday in the United States. Today, we commemorate this explorer's journey and its impact on our world through parades, festivals, and educational activities. So put on your captain's hat and join in on the festivities!

History of Columbus Day

Columbus Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1492</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Columbus' Discovery</div><div class='timeline-text'>Christopher Columbus arrives in the Americas on October 12, marking a significant milestone in world exploration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1792</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Columbus Day Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The city of New York organizes the first significant celebration of the Columbus landing in the Americas.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1866</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Regular Observance Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first regular Columbus Day observance is held in the United States after being proposed by Italian-American newspaper L'Eco dell'Emigrante.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1937</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Federal Holiday Establishment</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims Columbus Day a national holiday, to be observed on October 12 each year.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Uniform Monday Holiday Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The observance of Columbus Day moves to the second Monday in October due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, signed into law in 1968.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Indigenous Peoples' Day Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Several states and cities officially observe Indigenous Peoples' Day alongside or instead of Columbus Day, to honor Native American history and culture.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Columbus Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Spanish-themed dinner</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate the influence of Spain on Columbus' journey by hosting a Spanish-themed dinner party. Serve traditional Spanish dishes and drinks, and decorate with Spanish flags and colors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a virtual tour of Columbus' voyage</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many museums and historical sites offer virtual tours of Columbus' journey to the New World. Gather your family or friends and learn about this important event in history together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a film about Columbus</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many films and documentaries about Columbus' journey and impact on history. Have a movie night with some popcorn and learn more about this famous explorer.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a replica of the Santa Maria</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Some cities have replicas of the Santa Maria, one of the ships used in Columbus' voyage. Visit one of these replicas and imagine what it was like for Columbus and his crew to sail across the ocean.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a Columbus Day craft</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make a Columbus Day themed craft. This could be a paper boat, a map of Columbus' journey, or even a costume to dress up as the famous explorer.</p></div></div>

Why Columbus Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrates a significant historical event</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Columbus Day commemorates the day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12, 1492. This was a pivotal moment in history that changed the course of world exploration and trade.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Recognizes cultural diversity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Columbus Day is also a time to celebrate the diverse cultures that make up America. It highlights different traditions and customs brought by immigrants from all corners of the world, contributing to the rich tapestry of American society.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Honors Italian-American heritage</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For many Italian-Americans, Columbus Day is an important holiday as it celebrates their nationality and heritage. It honors Christopher Columbus' Italian roots and recognizes the contributions of Italian Americans to American society.</p></div>

5 Intriguing Columbus Day Historical Facts

Columbus Day FAQs

When is Columbus Day?

Columbus Day Dates

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2023

Oct 9

Monday

2024

Oct 14

Monday

2025

Oct 13

Monday

2026

Oct 12

Monday

2027

Oct 11

Monday

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