Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.
Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.
Here in Concord, one local event to celebrate Columbus Day is at Barefoot Books, on Thoreau Street, where they'll have drop-in activities for childen age 2 and older from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kids can make their own sailor hat and explorer's binoculars, and design a flag to go atop their ship, while The Barefoot World Atlas will be discounted for participants. Costs $4, according to the entry on our calendar.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.
What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.
Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?