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Columbus Day Banks Are Closed & Stock Market Open on Federal Holiday

09 October 2018, 09:45 | Devin Moran

Columbus Day Banks Are Closed & Stock Market Open on Federal Holiday

Columbus Day Banks Are Closed & Stock Market Open on Federal Holiday

Most - but not all - banks are closed on 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.

'Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans.

Columbus Day is meant to celebrate the anniversary of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.

Tyrone Smith, director of the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio, said the city's decision is another step in embracing its growing diversity.

"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?" (South Dakota celebrates it as Native American Day).

Offices in Columbus, Ohio, will remain open Monday and close on Veterans Day instead.




While the inclusion or omission of indigenous people from such presidential proclamations has become a partisan issue - George W Bush did not, while Barack Obama and Bill Clinton both did - the observance of Columbus Day has declined around the country.

The Columbus Italian Club posted a link on Facebook to a Dispatch article about the city's decision not to celebrate Columbus Day with a single thumbs down emoji as its lone commentary. We are not immigrants, yet we remain outsiders on our own land, with voices that are rarely heard.

In September he introduced a resolution in the House calling Columbus a "true hero", echoing an op-ed he co-wrote for the New York Daily News previous year with another Italian-American, Republican Rep.

A little over a month ago members from the community gathered here to discuss what should be done with the statue.

"People are not aware of the actual history", Gumbs says. He cared about Italian immigrants when they were reviled by society, and thanks to people like him, their population no longer needs thoughtful inclusion. "The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation, and disease". We must add proper historical context to our Columbus monuments and put them in museums, rather than public parks. While schools in some states are closed for the holiday, you'll have to specifically check with your district to see if yours falls under that jurisdiction.

Dozens of other cities and entire states, including Minnesota, Alaska, Vermont and OR, have also replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Let's make it Indigenous Peoples Day once and for all. She teaches creative nonfiction at Webster University in St. Louis and will be writing season three of the PBS series "America From the Ground Up." .



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