Columbus Day, a nationally recognized Federal holiday, falls on Monday, October 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.
Speaking of shopping, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets is celebrating a four-day weekend of Columbus Day by having a special sale. It take place from Friday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 8. On their website, they write, "Don't miss the annual Columbus Day Sale. Enjoy extra savings on top of our everyday savings of 25% to 65%."
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.
What is closed on Columbus Day? Schools, government offices, the U.S. Postal Service and most banks will be closed to observe the holiday.