Columbus Day is one of the 4 federal holidays recognizing an individual and takes place every second Monday in October.  Columbus Day was originally celebrated in New York City in 1792, 300 years after Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas.  Columbus’ arrival is also celebrated under various designations throughout Central America, South America and Spain as well.  
               It wasn’t until 1934 that President  Roosevelt named Columbus Day a national holiday, and set the date for the holiday on October 12th.  In 1971 the date was changed to the one we now observe as Columbus Day.  One faction of the American population in particular celebrates Columbus Day as a special event.  Since 1866 many Italian-Americans have often used the holiday to also celebrate their heritage in addition to Columbus’ landing.

Your local post office, banks, and  the library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 10th 2011 in observance of Columbus day.