Read comments from 614now readers about changing Columbus Day to 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. Cincinnati is among the most recent jurisdictions to rename the holiday "Indigenous Peoples Day" this year after two previous failed attempts. Organizers of Pittsburgh's Columbus Day parade previous year 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.
Monday is Columbus Day and for the past few years, this statue of Christopher Columbus here in Tower Grove Park has been vandalized.
The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major USA markets are all open like usual on Columbus Day. Now, for 2018, the groups say they will "once again will be rethinking Columbus Day with a focus on Indigenous people, their attractive cultures and traditions".
City offices will close instead on Veterans Day, which falls on November 12 this year.
Like with banks, the post office is closed on federal holidays, so there will be no mail on October 8 this year.
Joseph Contino said with the explorer as its namesake, Columbus should have embraced the day to celebrate both Italian and indigenous cultures. Contrary to the slanderous charges of genocide, the accomplished explorer, deserves his place in the canon of Western history as a devout Catholic who aided in the discovery of what we today know as America.
"We stand behind the Christopher Columbus name and will continue to do so here in Pittsburgh", Guy Costa, the city's chief operations officer and a parade supporter, said recently.
In addition, Columbus Metropolitan Library branches will be open Monday and Central Ohio Transit Authority offices will be open and buses will run on a regular schedule.
So what did Columbus really do?
The switch was announced quietly Thursday, allowing Columbus to avoid the consternation around canceling Columbus Day that's taken place elsewhere.
A search through the social media accounts and web pages of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and several city council members found no mention of the change on Monday.
In 1971, Columbus Day was moved to the second Monday of October.
Critics of Columbus complain that the holiday mythologizes a man blamed for bringing slavery and death to the "New World".