Columbus Day Celebrations & Activities

Columbus is celebrated on the 2nd Monday in October. The day is commemorated as the Columbus Day in United States, as Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, as Día de la Hispanidad (Spanish Day), as Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many countries in Latin America, and a National Day in Spain, as Día de las Americas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay, as Discovery Day in The Bahamas, and as Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela. And these celebrations have been commemorated officially in several countries.

Columbus Day Activities:

Celebrate the Columbus Day with subsequent games and crafts:

  1. Race to the New World
  2. Big Round World Box
  3. Discover It Game

Be a Christopher Columbus for a day and examine your aptitude of discovery and observation.

For additional fun features for children:

  • Kids' Crafts
  • Holiday Crafts
  • Kids' Activities
  • Christopher Columbus Image Gallery

Columbus Day Celebrations:

 "Gold is most excellent; gold constitutes treasure; and he who has it does all he wants in the world, and can even lift souls up to Paradise."
-- Christopher Columbus, 1503 letter to the king and queen of Spain.
"Christopher Columbus not only opened the door to a New World, but also set an example for us all by showing what monumental feats can be accomplished through perseverance and faith."
--George H.W. Bush, 1989 speech

United States Columbus Day Celebrations        

Columbus Day became an authorized state holiday in Colorado in 1905. it became a national holiday in 1970.

Since 1971, the Columbus has been celebrated in U.S. on the 2nd Monday in October, the similar day as Thanksgiving in nearby Canada. It is usually surveyed today by the bond market, banks, the U.S. Postal Service and further centralized agencies, most state Govt offices, and some school districts; though, most stock exchanges and businesses remain open.

States and City observations


The State of Alaska, which has a big native population, does not know about the Columbus Day.


Some communal schools all through the state are closed in celebration of Columbus Day.


The city of Berkeley commemorates native People's Day in place of Columbus Day each year with a POW wow and Native American market.


The Columbus Day parade in Cleveland occurs in Little Italy area near the University Circle. And the day starts with accumulation at Holy Rosary Church which attributes the combined choirs of 4 historically Italian Cleveland region churches - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Holy Rosary, St. Rocco and Holy Redeemer. Then the parade descends Murray Hill featuring above 100 units and also a dozen marching bands.


The Columbus Day parade in Denver has been against through Native American groups and their followers for almost two decades.


Hawaii does not legitimately tribute the Columbus day and in its place celebrates the Discoverer's Day on the similar day, i.e., on the 2nd Monday of each October. And the day is "in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands". And Neither Discoverer's Day and Columbus Day is observed as a celebration through State Govt, city, state and county Govt schools and offices are open for commerce on the Columbus Day, while centralized Govt offices are clogged.

In Hawaii, the Discoverer's Day commemoration has become a day of remonstration for some sponsorship groups. A trendy remonstration site is Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Chancery building of Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. And such sponsorship groups have been celebrating the Discoverer's Day holiday as their own substitute, Indigenous Peoples Day. And the week is named Indigenous Peoples Week.


The city of Boston, which has a big Italian people, marks the event on the Sunday prior to Columbus Day with parade throughout the city that changes every year between the North End and East Boston.

All state groups are clogged, and parking at meters is at no cost in the city of Boston.

New York

In New York State, The Columbus Day is a celebration, as Govt offices and public schools are locked. On the other hand, the stock markets remain open.


Columbus Day is not an authorized holiday in Nevada; however it is a day of celebration. City and county Govt offices, Schools and state are open for commerce on Columbus Day.

Puerto Rico

As in mainland U.S., Columbus Day is an authorized holiday in unincorporated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

South Dakota

In the state of South Dakota, the day is legitimately a state holiday which is known as "Native American Day", not Columbus Day.

U.S. Virgin Islands

As a result of hostility against Columbus Day, in the province of U.S. Virgin Islands, the day is commemorated as "Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands Friendship Day."


The 2nd Monday in October is an authorized holiday in Virginia: Yorktown Victory Day, Columbus Day and reverence Christopher Columbus, and the ultimate victory at Yorktown in Revolutionary War.

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