Monday is Columbus Day in the United States, a holiday that celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Columbus was an Italian explorer sailing on behalf of Spain who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to find a faster route to the Far East, only to land in the New World.
It is also Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in accordance with a proclamation signed last week by President Joseph Biden. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is intended to “celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples,” a holiday that previously was limited to celebrations in just a handful of cities and states.
The first Columbus Day celebration was in 1892, marking the 400th anniversary of his voyage. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Columbus Day a national holiday in 1934.
Columbus Day parades, a tradition in many locales, are making a reappearance in 2021. Most were cancelled last year amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The biggest parade is the one held in New York City, which last year took place virtually. The 77th Columbus Day Parade will take place Monday afternoon on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Here’s what you need to know about what’s open for business and operating in the United States – and what isn’t – on Monday.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are closed on Monday, as will be many city and state offices, depending on the jurisdiction.
POST OFFICE No regular mail delivery except for Priority Mail Express, formerly known as Express Mail. Regular service resumes on Tuesday.
BANKS Financial institutions have the option to close. Almost all will.
SCHOOLS Some will be closed, depending on location.
FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be open as usual on Monday.
TRANSPORTATION Many local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on Sunday or holiday schedules Monday with normal service resuming Tuesday. Airports and train stations are, of course, open but airlines and trains are running on reduced schedules amidst the pandemic.
SHOPS Most shops will be open the entire holiday weekend. Some will offer special Columbus Day sales and deals. Stores that have announced they will be open include Apple, Barnes and Noble, Home Depot, Ikea, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Whole Foods.
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