Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.
Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.
Each year, the Italian American Cultural Society, based in Clinton Township, commemorates the holiday with a parade. This year, the Oct. 6 parade moved to downtown Mount Clemens, where 16 queens representing various Italian clubs, a marching band, the Michigan Ramblers, floats and even opera singers paid tribute to Italy's favorite son.
Stores in The Mall at Partridge Creek and Macy's at Lakeside Mall are among those running Columbus Day sales.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.
What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, all Macomb County government offices and courts, and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday. All branches of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library will also be closed for a staff in-service.
Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?