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Columbus Day 2012: What is Columbus Day?

Most banks, post offices closed on Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day.

Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some 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.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

You can catch deals at

  • Kmart: Deals on furniture, televisions, cameras, patio furniture and more
  • Sears: Big sales on appliances
  • Amazon.com: Additional 30 percent Off Columbus Day Styles of Jewelry

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.

However, Fenton and Fenton Township offices will remain open, and Fenton and Lake Fenton schools will both be in session.

Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?

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