The second Monday in October is Columbus Day. It signifies Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America on October 12, 1492.

Colorado was the first state to observe Columbus Day in 1906 and it became an official state holiday and it became a federal holiday in 1937 in the U.S. Some states have changed Columbus Day to Native American Day. They say Columbus did not discover America because Native Americans were already here, and Columbus merely began the colonization of it.

In the past, this day was a pretty big deal and kids learned the poem "In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue." Anymore there are Columbus Day Sales at many stores but that's about it, or have I missed something?

In any case, Happy Columbus Day. We Coloradoans know we started it.


President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to join together in celebration of Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event.  During the anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism.

Source: National Day Calendar