Columbus Day

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Columbus Day is an United States observance that is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October.  The day celebrates Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America on October 12, 1492.   

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HISTORY

Colorado celebrated in 1906 when Columbus Day became an official state holiday in their state.  It then grew and soon became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people had been celebrating Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period.  In 1792, there were celebrations in New York City and other US cities, celebrating the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World.  President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to join together in celebration of Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event.  During the anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism.  These patriotic teachings were framed around themes  of support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation and celebrating social progress.

In 1970,  Columbus Day was changed to the current observation on the second Monday in October.

DATES
October 13, 2014
October 12, 2015
October 10, 2016
October 9, 2017
October 8, 2018

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. any1mark66
    Oct 12, 2015 @ 18:52:12

    There was a special half dollar cast in silver to celebrate the 400 year anniversary

    Reply

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