Columbus Day Is The Holiday That Isn’t A Holiday

Monday is Columbus Day and it’s a tricky one. While banks, the U.S. Postal Service and Federal offices do consider it to be a holiday, the state of Texas doesn’t.

Bad news for the kiddos. Most schools will be in session.

So why not take a long lunch and be grateful that you weren’t on the Niña, the Pinta or the Santa Maria because accommodations weren’t exactly top drawer and they weren’t quite sure where they were headed.

BTW, Monday is also Thanksgiving Day in Canada. If you know a Canadian, wish ’em a happy Thanksgiving.

A Gentle Reminder: Monday Is Columbus Day

Just in case it slipped by you, Monday is Columbus Day. It’s a tricky holiday. Yes, it means no mail. But there are some banking institutions and schools that be will be open for business. So, before you set out on a trek to talk with your banker or drop the kiddos off to school, make sure they’re not shuttered.

Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo

And if you do have the day off, why not check out the State Fair, the Dallas Zoo and loads of area museums and parks?

While you’re thinking of special days, remember that Yom Kippur and Ashura begin at sundown on Tuesday.

Columbus Day Commemorates A Discovery of 523 Years Ago

In this day and age of GPS, high-tech communication and jet travel, it’s hard to wrap the imagination around the idea of that people actually setting off in wooden boats guided only by the stars in search of a never-known world. That’s pretty much what happened back in 1492, “when Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

For more than a month, Christopher Columbus’ three ships (Nina, Santa Maria and Pinta) sailed westward in search of Asia. It was on this day 523 years ago that a lookout on the Pinta sighted land. It turned out to be today’s San Salvador.

While today is called Columbus Day and a designated national holiday. perhaps it should renamed “Discovery Day” to remind one and all that there is still much out there that is unknown and ripe for finding and learning about.

Exactly What Is Opened And Closed On Columbus Day?

Today is Columbus Day. While it’s a federal holiday, it’s also a tricky holiday with some closures and others remaining quite open.

Here’s a rundown:

  • Closed — Federal offices, U.S. Post Office delivery (the main office on Interstate 30 will be open), the Dallas Public Library, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas and most banks.
  • Open — Most Dallas and Tarrant county and city offices, the stock market, retail stores, the State Fair, the Arboretum, most schools, most nonprofits (North Texas Food Bank, Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, Genesis Shelter, The Family Place, etc.) and MySweetCharity.

Just thought you’d want to know.