Columbus Day around the world in 2020

Columbus Day around the world in 2020
  How long until Columbus Day?
This holiday next takes place in 309 days.
  Dates of Columbus Day around the world
2022 US Virgin IslandsOct 10
US Virgin Islands Mon, Oct 10National Holiday
2021 Various Oct 11
American SamoaMon, Oct 11National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Oct 11National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Oct 11National Holiday
USA Oct 11
AlabamaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
2020 Various Oct 12
American SamoaMon, Oct 12National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Oct 12National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Oct 12National Holiday
USA Oct 12
AlabamaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
2019 Various Oct 14
American SamoaMon, Oct 14National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Oct 14National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Oct 14National Holiday
USA Oct 14
AlabamaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Oct 14Regional Holiday
2018 Various Oct 8
Puerto RicoMon, Oct 8National Holiday
USA Oct 8
AlabamaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
New MexicoMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Oct 8Regional Holiday
  Summary
This national holiday commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas
  Which countries observe Columbus Day in 2020?
American Samoa  American SamoaOct 12National Holiday
Puerto Rico  Puerto RicoOct 12National Holiday
US Virgin Islands  US Virgin IslandsOct 12National Holiday
USA  USAOct 12Regional Holiday

When is Columbus Day?

This U.S. federal holiday 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 U.S. legal federal holidays, it is not considered a major one. There will be no postal service.

It is a Federal Reserve Bank holiday, so while banks may open, some transactions will not be processed. Most businesses remain open and retail stores may run special sales.

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq remain open on this federal holiday.

In addition to a state level, in many cities, the day is now celebrated as Native Americans’ Day or Indigenous People’s Day.

Which states observe Columbus Day?

Columbus Day is no longer observed in every state. For a detailed list of which states observe Columbus Day, please use our state by state guide.

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

In addition to a state level, in many cities, the day is now celebrated as Native Americans’ Day or Indigenous People’s Day.

According to data from the Society for Human Resource Management, only 14% of organizations closed on Columbus Day in 2014.

History of Columbus Day

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his third voyage in 1498.

Instead, while trying to find a sea route to India, he made landfall on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador.

Did you know?

It is now generally accepted that Columbus was not the earliest European explorer to reach the Americas and that Viking sailors had ventured as far as Newfoundland around 1000 AD.

While there had been celebrations in 1792 to mark the 300th anniversary, Columbus Day was first officially proclaimed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Bahamas.

Colorado was the first US state to make Columbus Day an official holiday and Franklin Roosevelt established the first federal observance of Columbus Day in 1937. Since 1971, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October.

How is Columbus Day celebrated?

The largest celebration of Columbus Day is in New York City, which hosts a huge parade. Communities with large Italian American populations may hold special Columbus Day festivities.

Columbus Day Quiz

Test your knowledge of Christopher Columbus and this federal holiday by taking our Columbus Day Quiz.

Did you know?

Three facts about Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus' real name was Cristoforo Columbo. He was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his third voyage in 1498.

Columbus died when he was 55, in 1506, only two years after his last trip to the New World

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