Observing Columbus Day Near Hopewell and Prince George County, Virginia
Columbus Day, Monday October 9th, 2017
Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1905, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937.
Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
Several U.S. cities and states have replaced Columbus Day with alternative days of remembrance. Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and South Dakota have officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
*FUN FACT* Did you know Richmond’s Byrd Park has a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus that was dedicated in 1927! It was gifted to the city by Richmond's Italian-American community.
According to History.com, here are “10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus”:
1. Columbus didn’t set out to prove the earth was round.
2. Columbus was likely not the first European to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Three countries refused to back Columbus’ voyage.
4. Nina and Pinta were not the actual names of two of Columbus’ three ships.
5. The Santa Maria wrecked on Columbus’ historic voyage.
6. Columbus made four voyages to the New World.
7. Columbus returned to Spain in chains in 1500.
8. A lunar eclipse may have saved Columbus.
9. Even in death, Columbus continued to cross the Atlantic.
10. Heirs of Columbus and the Spanish monarchy were in litigation until 1790.
You should expect many businesses to be closed in observance of this federal holiday, including banks and Government-run offices. Visit the Hopewell Prince George County, VA Visitor Welcome Center for ideas on how to spend your Columbus Day in our communities! From rebuilt European settlement to local Indigenous People’s historic interpretation, we can help design an educational and fun day for your family.
Image found at https://rotj.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/columbus-statue-in-byrd-park-established-many-firsts/