Happy Columbus Day, Los Angeles!

Happy Columbus Day, everyone!

Sure, most of us know who Christoper Columbus was; a Spanish man who it is said was the first to discover the America’s and did so in 1492.  But do you know why or how Columbus Day actually become a national holiday?

According to information found online, Columbus Day was first celebrated in the state of Colorado in 1906 and only later, in 1937, became a Federally recognized holiday after lobbying by the Knights of Columbus and New York City Italian leader Generoso Pope, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

While it is a Federal Holiday, HawaiiAlaskaOregon, and South Dakota are states that do not recognize Columbus Day at all, most likely due to the argument that while Christopher Columbus came to the shores of what is now known as the United States in 1492, he was not the first and possibly mistreated the Native American’s found upon arrival.

Today it is generally observed by banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses, and most school districts. Some businesses and some stock exchanges remain open, also some states and municipalities abstain from observing the holiday.  Many businesses, however, remain open on this day.