Columbus Day Worksheets

Columbus Day is a federal holiday recognized by the United States government. It takes place on the second Monday of every October. It was originally intended to commemorate the 1492 landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. It began to be celebrated across the country as early as the beginning of the eighteenth century. It was formally made a federal holiday in 1937. Since Columbus was an Italian born explorer, the holiday often coincides with Italian American Heritage events and celebrations. As historians investigated the practices of Columbus and the motivations form the formation of the holiday there has been a great deal of controversy as to whether this should be something to celebrate at all. There is a growing collective that wishes to have this holiday renamed Indigenous People's Day to commemorate the cultures that were present before the European migration.