Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for city staff and others 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.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.
What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.
Public schools are in session in Manhattan Beach, though the day is an official holiday for city government. Trash pick-up will remain as usualas will street sweeping. State and Los Angeles County offices are closed.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles Offices will be open.
What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration? Just the usual day? Tell us in the comments!