Columbus Day is a celebration day that has been the subject of some controversy in recent years. There are those who do not want to celebrate it, as there is a question mark over Columbus’s contribution to the discovery of the New World; however, it is clear that it is going to endure no matter what.
The US is not the only country to celebrate Columbus Day. Parts of the Caribbean, Spain, Italy and South America also have their own version of this event. The landing is officially attributed to October 12 but Columbus Day is traditionally celebrated on the second Monday of the month in the US; this year, this falls on October 13.
The way in which Columbus Day is celebrated varies according to where you are located. Some states have a public holiday on this day and others do not. However, some states have chosen to rebuke Columbus Day altogether, and have opted to call it Indigenous Peoples Day or Native American Day to celebrate Native American culture instead.
The city of San Francisco has played host to one of the longest celebrations. The Italian-American community of the city started an annual parade in 1868 and there are no plans for this to stop. If a large and lavish parade is what you’re looking for, head over to New York City. In some towns the celebrations are mainly church services.