Columbus Day 2018: What Is Open & Closed On The Holiday?

A statue of Christopher Columbus stands outside City Hall in Columbus Ohio

WCMH-TV A statue of Christopher Columbus stands outside City Hall in Columbus Ohio

Instead, it is because the city lacks funding to give its 8,500 employees the day off on both Columbus Day and Veterans Day, mayor's office spokeswoman Robin Davis told USA Today.

For Joe Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, the decision was easy.

Additional banks open for the holiday include American Chartered Bank, First Merchants Bank, Hancock Bank, American National Bank, Fulton Bank, American Savings Bank, Metro Bank, Northfield Bank, U.S. Bank, Valley National Bank, Union First Market Bank, Intrust Bank, Webster Bank, Whitney Bank, and ValueBank Texas.

"This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners". We are proud of our heritage. "Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere", he said. Columbus Day is not almost as universally observed as many other notable dates on the calendar.

So what did Columbus really do?

The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major US markets are all open like usual on Columbus Day.

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It's quite clear the way in which Columbus Day is celebrated in our city has changed immensely over the years. "It has been well documented, even in Columbus' diaries, that he and his men committed the most inhumane and grotesque atrocities against indigenous men, women and children".

"Columbus didn't know that his voyage would spread diseases across the continents, of course, but disease wasn't the only problem". Mentioned in the statement were the names of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus's three ships, well-known to schoolchildren throughout the country, his indomitable spirit of exploration, and the contributions of Italian Americans throughout United States history. The first and perhaps most famous Columbus monuments sits in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.

This year, it falls on October 8. So, the city chose Veterans Day.

The choice to de-emphasize its namesake comes as Columbus prepares to open the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum on October 27, ahead of Veterans Day next month.

"The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation", Trump wrote. However, if you're expecting something from UPS, you're in luck - while the company recognizes Columbus Day, they don't close for the holiday.

The president also acknowledged that Columbus was an Italian, although his exploring mission in 1492 was funded by Spain. It is a history that we must recognize as we seek to build a brighter future - side by side and with cooperation and mutual respect.

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