Why is the history of Columbus Day so controversial?

The history of Columbus Day is a perplexing one. Why do we really celebrate Columbus Day?

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Observance for Columbus Day is on the second Monday of October, every year.  This day honors the discovery of the Americas by the explorer Christopher Columbus.  It is a public holiday, however, it is controversial.  Why?  Well, the European settlement into the Americas caused the ultimate disenfranchisement of Native Americans.  Also, records show that the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic were Viking explorers from Scandinavia.  This land was already occupied by the indigenous people.  Thus, Native Americans had been here “thousands” of years prior.  However, celebrations for Columbus Day were done originally by Italian-Americans in 1869.  Next, in 1907 Colorado held the first state-wide celebration.  Finally, in 1937, Columbus Day was a holiday throughout the United States.

Did you know that Columbus Day was observed every October 12 until 1971? It was changed to the second Monday in October. How will you spend your Columbus Day?

THINGS TO DO

There will be parades in many cities for people to attend.  New York and San Francisco parades are going to be spectacular. Chicago’s parade will be on State Street. The parade will step off at 1:00 pm. Also, the parade is between State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren. The Columbus Day Parade has over 150 units – bands, floats and marchers.

All ethnicities are invited to join the parade. Also, special church services, events and things like arts and crafts shows are happening.  Whatever your preference may be for this particular holiday, take some time today and discover something new.

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