The History of Columbus Day

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after a strong push from the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic organization at the time

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after a strong push from the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic organization at the time.
 
While it's a federal holiday, according to the Pew Research Center, only 23 states give their employees the day off.  Both Virginia and West Virginia are among them.
 
In South Dakota, it's not Columbus Day that's celebrated, but Native American Day. Which the remembrance of the great Native American leaders who contributed so much to the history of [South Dakota]."
 
That switch occurred in 1990.

 

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