Quick Facts : Columbus Day
- Date: Oct 10, 2016
- Also Called: Day of the Race
- Celebrations: Parades, Family reunions, Picnics, Fireworks and Public art events
The anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas is celebrated as Columbus Day in the USA on second Monday in October. This day honors Columbus' first voyage to the Americas on 12th October 1492.
Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas in 1492. He was born in the year of 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He had a little formal education and was a largely self taught man. At the age of 32 he had become a chief mariner in the Portuguese merchant service.
The first formal Columbus Day celebration took place on October 12, 1792 in New York City. The event was celebrated as the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the Americas. In 1971 President Richard Nixon declared the second Monday of October as Columbus Day. This day is regarded as a public holiday in many parts of the USA. In some cities special events like parades, fireworks etc are held.