- It’s one of 10 official federal holidays, which means federal workers get the day off
- Because federal offices will be closed, so will banks and the bond markets that trade in U.S. government debt
- However, some banks will stay opened
•Wells Fargo and Chase will be opened
•Bank of America will not
•Tip: Call your bank to see what they’re doing
- The U.S. Postal Service will be closed
- FedEx and UPS are open
- U.S. stock markets will remain open
Native American groups and other critics, citing Columbus’ mistreatment of natives – have advocated changing the holiday to something else. (“Exploration Day” is one suggestion).
- Minneapolis and Seattle, among other localities, celebrate Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day
- In Hawaii, the second Monday in October is known as Discoverers’ Day, though it’s not an official state holiday
- The U.S. Virgin Islands observes Columbus Day but emphasizes Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day – which falls on the same day.
- The Northern Marianas substituted Commonwealth Cultural Day for Columbus Day in 2006.
Other states and local governments juggle around the date of a Columbus Day holiday so that workers can have a more practical day off from work. For example, the state of Tennessee has a holiday for Columbus Day, but has moved its observance (and the date for state employees to get a day off from work) to the Friday after Thanksgiving. (Thus, state workers in Tennesse get a holiday for “Black Friday.”)
What state governments are closed today and are giving their employees a vacation
- 23 states (plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico) give their workers Columbus Day as a paid holiday.
- For other states, Columbus Day may be a paid day off or no different from any regular Monday.
Columbus Day facts and trivia
- Colorado was the first state to designate Columbus Day as a state holiday.
- The day spread, in large part as a celebration of Italian-American heritage
- It became a federal holiday in 1937
- It was moved from Oct. 12 to the second Monday in October starting in 1971