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Which states observe Columbus Day?

USA Public Holidays Which states observe the Federal Holiday of Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a federal holiday observed on the second MOnday in October.

Columbus Day by year
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday October 14th
2018 Monday October 8th
2017 Monday October 9th
2016 Monday October 10th

Columbus Day commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. In the USA it is observed on the second Monday in October.

Though Columbus Day is one of the 10 US legal federal holidays, it is not considered a major one. There will be no postal service and while some banks may close, most businesses remain open. Retail stores may run special sales.

Even if a state listed below observes Columbus Day as a holiday, some state offices may be still open.

Definitive information on how each state observes Columbus Day is difficult to find, so we have compiled the following table. Please contact us with any corrections or extra comments to help make this list an even better resource.

Map of US States that observe Columbus Day in 2017

  • Map showing Columbus Day by State

List of US states and the observance of Columbus Day in 2017

State Observes
Columbus Day?
Comments
Alabama Alabama Yes Fraternal Day is also a state holiday on 2nd Monday in October
Alaska Alaska No Renamed as Indigenous Peoples Day in 2015
Arizona Arizona Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Phoenix
Arkansas Arkansas No  
California California No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Los Angeles City and San Luis Obispo.
Colorado Colorado Yes A legal state holiday though some government offices will be open. Denver City and Boulder also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
Connecticut Connecticut Yes  
Delaware Delaware No Not a legal holiday
District of Columbia District of Columbia Yes  
Florida Florida No  
Georgia Georgia Yes  
Hawaii Hawaii No Discovery Day is celebrated on 2nd Monday in October, but it is not a legal holiday
Idaho Idaho Yes  
Illinois Illinois Yes  
Indiana Indiana Yes Celebrated as Fall Holiday in Bloomington
Iowa Iowa No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Davenport and Iowa City
Kansas Kansas No  
Kentucky Kentucky No  
Louisiana Louisiana No  
Maine Maine Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Belfast and Portland
Maryland Maryland Yes  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cambridge
Michigan Michigan No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Detroit, East Lansing, Kalamazoo and Traverse City
Minnesota Minnesota No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Grand Rapids, Minneapolis and St. Paul
Mississippi Mississippi No  
Missouri Missouri Yes  
Montana Montana Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Missoula
Nebraska Nebraska Yes  
Nevada Nevada No  
New Hampshire New Hampshire Yes State holiday but not paid. Durham also celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day
New Jersey New Jersey Yes  
New Mexico New Mexico Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Sandoval County
New York New York Yes  
North Carolina North Carolina No  
North Dakota North Dakota No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Fargo
Ohio Ohio Yes  
Oklahoma Oklahoma No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Norman. Native American Day is celebrated in Tulsa.
Oregon Oregon No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Ashland, Multnomah County and Portland
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Yes  
Rhode Island Rhode Island Yes  
South Carolina South Carolina No  
South Dakota South Dakota Yes Native Americans Day
Tennessee Tennessee No Columbus day may be observed on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the discretion of the Governor
Texas Texas No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Austin
Utah Utah Yes Also celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day in Salt Lake City
Vermont Vermont No  
Virginia Virginia Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Charlottesville
Washington Washington No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Olympia, Seattle and Spokane City
West Virginia West Virginia Yes  
Wisconsin Wisconsin No  
Wyoming Wyoming No  

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