Columbus, Ohio cancels Columbus Day

Columbus, Ohio cancels Columbus Day

But Columbus Day is somewhat of an oddity among holidays, and not only because of the controversy over whether or not we should honor the famous explorer who "discovered" America in the first place. Columbus Day is one of three federal holidays TD Bank remains open for, including Veterans Day and Presidents' Day. Organizers of Pittsburgh's Columbus Day parade previous year floated the idea of changing the name and theme to incorporate more cultures, but not because of the Columbus controversy or fact that a statue of the explorer has been vandalized multiple times.

All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler. In many communities, it's a day when Italian-Americans celebrate their heritage. Some cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

"As we mark this rich history, we must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers", Obama wrote. However, UPS does not observe Columbus Day and locations will be open.

Like with banks, the post office is closed on federal holidays, so there will be no mail on October 8 this year.

It's quite clear the way in which Columbus Day is celebrated in our city has changed immensely over the years.

AmeriFlora's opening ceremony was attended by was attended by President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, entertainer Bob Hope, Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich and Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka among many others. The list includes Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver and Phoenix.

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To Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, it's a disgrace that New York City doesn't officially recognize the holiday. "We thought it was important to honor them with that day off".

The largest city named for Christopher Columbus - Columbus, Ohio - has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer.

"This won't change history totally, but we're at the point where we realize calling it Columbus Day is completely wrong", said Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Despite this history, Italian immigrants in America embraced Columbus as they themselves faced discrimination and violence.

'We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus, ' Davis said. 'Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, rename it, celebrate Italians and indigenous both'.

Most - but not all - banks are closed on Columbus Day.

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