Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on 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. Check out the deals being offered at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Horsham, or see Walmart's latest circular. Mall-goers can shop J.C. Penney, Macy's, Sears and more stores at Willow Grove Park Mall today during its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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 - including PennDOT driver license and photo center - and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday. Hatboro-Horsham School District is open today.
Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?