The states of Alaska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont, and OR and cities like Austin, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and over 50 others have all dropped Columbus Day references and replaced the holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day. The six-month exhibit was like a cross between a horticulture-obsessed version of Disney's Epcot and a miniature World's Fair, featuring a waterfall, a rose garden with 130 varieties, a display of grasses from nearly every continent on earth and a "community of nations garden" that "has got to be one of the main roads of heaven", as The Washington Post described it then.
President Donald Trump, had not mentioned Indigenous Peoples Day by late Monday afternoon, but did tweet about "Columbus's spirit of determination and adventure". Organizers of Pittsburgh's Columbus Day parade a year ago floated the idea of changing the name and theme to incorporate more cultures, but not because of the Columbus controversy or fact that a statue of the explorer has been vandalized multiple times.
If the Left is looking for something else to clutch their pearls over following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump offered it up handily Monday morning by gleefully celebrating Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day. And, while many businesses recognize Columbus Day, not all of them observe it, and they remain open.
Instead, it is because the city lacks funding to give its 8,500 employees the day off on both Columbus Day and Veterans Day, mayor's office spokeswoman Robin Davis told USA Today. This is the first time the city will recognize Veterans Day as a city holiday in which municipal officers are closed. While credited with populating North America by some, to others Columbus is seen as a villain who spread disease and war among indigenous people. Here's a guide to what's open and closed! Those cities are now honoring the history and contributions of Native Americans.
"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?"
"We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus", Davis said.
In fact, Columbus, Ohio, has no real connection to the man himself.
Most libraries shut down for Columbus Day.
In 1971, Columbus Day was moved to the second Monday of October. Hawaii celebrates Discoverers' Day on the second Monday of October.