Columbus Day by state

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.

Definitive information on how each state observes Columbus Day is difficult to find, so the following table has been compiled. 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 2019

Map of Columbus Day by State

List of US states and the observance of Columbus Day

State Observes
Columbus Day?
Comments
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  
Arkansas No  
California No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Berkley, Los Angeles City, San Luis Obispo and South Lake Tahoe. 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
Connecticut Yes  
Delaware No Not a legal holiday
Florida No  
Georgia Yes  
Hawaii No Discovery Day is celebrated on 2nd Monday in October, but it is not a legal holiday
Idaho Yes  
Illinois Yes  
Indiana Yes  
Iowa Yes  
Kansas No  
Kentucky No  
Louisiana No  
Maine No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Belfast
Maryland Yes  
Massachusetts Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cambridge, Marblehead and Somerville
Michigan No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Traverse City
Minnesota Yes Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on 2nd Monday in October, but it is not a legal holiday
Mississippi No  
Missouri Yes  
Montana Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Helena and Missoula
Nebraska Yes  
Nevada No  
New Hampshire Yes State holiday but not paid
New Jersey Yes  
New Mexico Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day
New York Yes  
North Carolina No  
North Dakota No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Fargo, Grand Forks
Ohio Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cincinnati and Oberlin. Not a holiday in Columbus or Sandusky.
Oklahoma No Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Norman. Native American Day is celebrated in Tulsa.
Oregon No Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on 2nd Monday in October, but it is not a legal holiday
Pennsylvania Yes  
Rhode Island Yes  
South Carolina Yes  
South Dakota Yes Native Americans Day
Tennessee Yes Columbus day may be observed on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the discretion of the Governor
Texas No  
Utah No  
Vermont Yes Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on 2nd Monday in October, but it is not a legal holiday
Virginia Yes  
Washington Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Olympia, Seattle and Spokane City
West Virginia Yes  
Wisconsin Yes Celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Menomonie
Wyoming No  

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