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.
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.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.
Although schools will be closed on Monday, village government administrative buildings in the area will be open.
Looking for something fun to do with your kids on their day off? Chicago's 2012 Columbus Day Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. and runs down Columbus Drive, starting at Balbo Avenue and ending at Monroe Street.
Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?
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