Columbus Day is still an official city holiday in Philly. Here’s why.

Aug 19, 2020 328

BY: Grace Dickinson

In the nation’s capital, there is no Columbus Day. The D.C. Council voted to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019. And the capital is certainly not alone. D.C. joined an already-growing list of places that no longer observe the day, even though it remains a federal holiday.

Columbus Day falls on the second Monday of October, commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, when he landed in the Bahamas on Oct. 12. This year, it’s slated for Oct. 11. And as it stands, it’s one of 11 official “city holidays” in Philadelphia, when city government buildings and services close and staff are given a day off.

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