Yes, it’s controversial, but Columbus Day is still celebrated all over. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 holiday, including the exact date and details of the big parade in New York City!
Columbus Day is here today, October 10, and you know what that means? The annual parade through the streets of New York City is happening again! HollywoodLife.com has you covered if you can’t see the parade IRL. Click through to watch a live stream of the celebration at 12:00pm ET!
Monday, Oct. 10, is Columbus Day, a state and federal holiday, that began in 1792. However, many just know it as another bank holiday, in which many have the day off. So if you do, make sure you check to see what’s open and what’s not. The list may surprise you!
Columbus Day is here again, however, many refuse to celebrate, as the land which Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ was actually inhabited long before he ever ‘sailed the ocean blue.’ Because of this, observance of the day has become quite controversial.
Columbus Day honors the day that Spanish explorer, Christopher Columbus, first arrived to the Americas, on Oct. 12, 1492. For many though, the holiday, which was established in 1892, is no holiday at all, and is actually very offensive in its mere existence. Columbus was not the first to come across what he referred to as “the New World” (which included South America and Jamaica). Actually, the areas were occupied by indigenous people, and Columbus is said to have treated them cruelly, causing many in the U.S. and around the world to stringently dismiss the day as celebratory.