0.8 min readBy Published On: October 14th, 2013Categories: Features0 Comments on Happy Columbus Day

The scoop

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  We get an extra day off to celebrate Christopher Columbus landing in the New World on October 12, 1492.   Columbus Day did not become a federal holiday until 1937 after President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it one.  It was always celebrated on October 12 until 1971, when it was moved to the second Monday of the month – thank goodness!

What’s opened and closed? 
On Monday, banks, libraries, schools, and the post office will be closed today.  The T is running on a Saturday schedule.  Liquor stores are open.  (Phew!)

Looking for something to do today that’s Columbus-y? 
Enjoy the Christopher Columbus Day Celebration at Christopher Columbus Park including a small parade, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Columbus statue, as well as people on stilts, some juggling and magic tricks and children’s activities like face painting, bubbles, and lawn games.  The fun happens between 10:45am-3pm.