Columbus Day by year
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.
|Alabama||Yes||Fraternal Day is also a state holiday on 2nd Monday in October|
|Alaska||No||Renamed as Indigenous Peoples Day in 2015|
|Arizona||Yes||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Phoenix|
|California||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Berkeley, Los Angeles City and San Luis Obispo. Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Italian Heritage Day in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Sacramento.|
|Colorado||Yes||A legal state holiday though some government offices will be open. Denver City and Boulder also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day|
|Delaware||No||Not a legal holiday|
|District of Columbia||Yes|
|Hawaii||No||Discovery Day is celebrated on 2nd Monday in October, but it is not a legal holiday|
|Indiana||Yes||Celebrated as Fall Holiday in Bloomington|
|Iowa||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Davenport and Iowa City|
|Kentucky||No||Also celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Stanford City|
|Maine||Yes||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Belfast and Portland|
|Massachusetts||Yes||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cambridge and Somerville|
|Michigan||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Detroit, East Lansing, Kalamazoo and Traverse City|
|Minnesota||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Grand Rapids, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Also celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Pipestone County|
|Montana||Yes||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Missoula|
|New Hampshire||Yes||State holiday but not paid. Durham also celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day|
|New Mexico||Yes||Indigenous Peoples’ Day|
|North Dakota||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Fargo|
|Ohio||Yes||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cincinnati and Oberlin. Not a holiday in Columbus.|
|Oklahoma||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Norman. Native American Day is celebrated in Tulsa.|
|Oregon||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Ashland, Multnomah County and Portland|
|South Dakota||Yes||Native Americans Day|
|Tennessee||No||Columbus day may be observed on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the discretion of the Governor|
|Texas||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Austin|
|Utah||Yes||Also celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day in Salt Lake City|
|Virginia||Yes||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Charlottesville|
|Washington||No||Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Olympia, Seattle and Spokane City|
Did you know?
Berkeley, California, is believed to have become the first city to rename the holiday as Indigenous People’s Day in 1992.