Columbus Day

columbus dayColumbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in 1934. However, people have celebrated Columbus' voyage since the colonial period.


Some Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, with the first occasion being in New York City on October 12, 1866. Columbus Day was first popularized as a holiday in the United States through the lobbying of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver. The first official, regular Columbus Day holiday was proclaimed by Colorado governor Jesse F. McDonald in 1905 and made a statutory holiday in 1907.


The Columbus Day Parade has been a tradition in New York since 1929. The parade honors the sacrifices that were made by all nationalities that helped to build America. Each year political leaders, along with Broadway performers, champion high school and college bands, international folkloric groups, and Italian delegations from various regions come together and contribute to the parade with colorful costumes, music, and floats marching along Fifth Avenue.

The Columbus Day Parade in Cleveland occurs in Little Italy area near the University Circle. The day starts at Holy Rosary Church and then the parade descends Murray Hill featuring hundreds of floats and at least a dozen marching bands.

The city of Boston, which has a large Italian population, marks the event on the Sunday prior to Columbus Day with a parade between the North End and East Boston. And on this holiday, parking at meters is at no cost in the city.


Since 1971, Columbus Day has been celebrated in U.S. on the second Monday in October.

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