Columbus Day in USA in 2021

Columbus Day in USA in 2021

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  Dates of Columbus Day in USA
2022 Oct 10
AlabamaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Oct 10Regional Holiday
2021 Oct 11
AlabamaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 11Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, 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 Oct 12
AlabamaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Oct 12Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, 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 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 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

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  AlabamaOct 11Regional Holiday
  ArizonaOct 11Regional Holiday
  ConnecticutOct 11Regional Holiday
  GeorgiaOct 11Regional Holiday
  IdahoOct 11Regional Holiday
  IllinoisOct 11Regional Holiday
  IndianaOct 11Regional Holiday
  MarylandOct 11Regional Holiday
  MassachusettsOct 11Regional Holiday
  MissouriOct 11Regional Holiday
  MontanaOct 11Regional Holiday
  NebraskaOct 11Regional Holiday
  New JerseyOct 11Regional Holiday
  New YorkOct 11Regional Holiday
  OhioOct 11Regional Holiday
  PennsylvaniaOct 11Regional Holiday
  Rhode IslandOct 11Regional Holiday
  UtahOct 11Regional Holiday
  VirginiaOct 11Regional Holiday
  West VirginiaOct 11Regional 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.

With a large Italian immigrant population at the time, Colorado was the first US state to make Columbus Day an official holiday. 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

Columbus almost never made it to America. He had a difficult time drumming up financial support for his first voyage and spent nearly a decade pitching his plan to monarchs in Portugal, England and France before he got the financing in 1492 from Ferdinand and Isabela of Spain

Columbus' four voyages between 1492 and 1502 across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain brought him to the Caribbean Islands, South America and Central America. He never set foot in North America

Colorado was the first US state to make Columbus Day an official holiday. It became a US federal holiday in 1937

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