Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became national holiday in the United States in 1971 thanks to president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
Many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage and they are so proud that was Christopher Cloumbus, an italian Sailor, the first european who discovered America.
In the States during Columbus Day there are some important parades in New York and San Francisco, but all over the country banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, other federal agencies, most state government offices, the Italian Ambassy in Washington D.C., many businesses, and most school districts are closed
The New York City’s Empire State Building turn its lights on and recreates the italian flag.
By the way, not all the states celebrate Colombus Day as a national holiday and a lot of people do not believe in this anniversary because they think, pheraphs correctly, that wasn’t Columbus the one who discovered America. To see an interesting video about this topic you can click here.
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