Columbus day event draws supporters and protesters in Pueblo

The News Gazette Charlene Teters speaks during an indigenous peoples day event on Monday Oct. 8 2018. Image

But organizers of the Columbus Italian Festival think they just wanted to be politically correct in the wake of last year's national push to abolish the longstanding holiday.

Columbus Day, honoring explorer Christopher Columbus, falls on the second Monday of October-in 2018, that's October 8. Columbus Day is one of three federal holidays TD Bank remains open for, including Veterans Day and Presidents' Day. The bond market as well as state and federal offices will open back up on Tuesday.

Columbus Day has become the most controversial federal holiday in the United States with some saying it should be replaced with Indigenous People Day to honor Native Americans.

Throughout the years, Columbus Day has generated controversy and alternatives to the holiday have been proposed.

Twenty-six years ago, Columbus Day in Columbus, Ohio was celebrated with a $95 million, 88-acre floral wonderland.

Columbus isn't alone. More people are instead opting to celebrate the alternative Indigenous Peoples' Day, according to USA Today.

Just this year, at least a dozen U.S. cities - including San Francisco and Cincinnati - made a decision to stop observing Columbus Day and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday. So, the city chose Veterans Day. However, if you're expecting something from UPS, you're in luck - while the company recognizes Columbus Day, they don't close for the holiday.

An attempt in Akron to rename the holiday grew ugly past year, dividing the all-Democratic city council along racial lines.

The News Gazette Charlene Teters speaks during an indigenous peoples day event on Monday Oct. 8 2018. Image
The News Gazette Charlene Teters speaks during an indigenous peoples day event on Monday Oct. 8 2018. Image

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In fact, Columbus, Ohio, has no real connection to the man himself. That includes a peaceful protest of prayers, speeches and traditional singing in 2016 at Columbus City Hall - underneath the statue of the explorer that sits out front - to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and to urge OH to support more renewable energy.

The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major USA markets are all open like usual on Columbus Day.

"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?"

"Indigenous Peoples' Day is part of a movement to recognize the atrocities committed against indigenous people while celebrating the history and contributions of Native and First Nations peoples to the community", Boise's mayor, David Bieter, said in a statement.

"It's really an Italian holiday", Suozzi told me.

"Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history", Joe Curtatone, mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, wrote of his decision to observe Indigenous Peoples' Day last month. Hawaii celebrates Discoverers' Day on the second Monday of October. The Redhawk Native American Arts Council celebration actually takes place over the course of two days, though: October 7 and 8.

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