Wednesday 26 April 2017
(Week 17)

Columbus Day 2017, 2018 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Columbus Day 2017 and Columbus Day 2018.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
October 9, 2017 Columbus Day 2017 Monday
October 8, 2018 Columbus Day 2018 Monday
October 14, 2019 Columbus Day 2019 Monday
October 12, 2020 Columbus Day 2020 Monday
October 11, 2021 Columbus Day 2021 Monday
October 10, 2022 Columbus Day 2022 Monday
October 9, 2023 Columbus Day 2023 Monday
October 14, 2024 Columbus Day 2024 Monday
October 13, 2025 Columbus Day 2025 Monday
October 12, 2026 Columbus Day 2026 Monday
October 11, 2027 Columbus Day 2027 Monday

Significance of Columbus Day 2017

Columbus Day 2017 is an annual federal American holiday that occurs on the second Monday in October each year. Columbus Day 2017 is a day that commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas and his discovery of America on October 12, 1492.

History of Columbus Day

People, throughout the world, have celebrated Columbus's voyage since the colonial period. Historically, the Italian-born explorer set sail in August, 1492. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the renowned gold and Spice Islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century. Columbus Day became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and later became a federal holiday in the United States by proclamation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.

The date on which Columbus arrived in the Americas is also celebrated as the Day of the Race (Día de la Raza) in Latin America and some Latino communities in the United States. Columbus Day 2017 celebrations are known to be controversial because the settlement of Europeans in the Americas led to the deaths of a very large proportion of the Native American people.

It has been argued that this was a direct result of Columbus' actions. It is clear that the arrival of the European settlers led to the demise of a large proportion of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It has also been argued that Columbus should not be honoured for discovering North America, as he only went as far as some islands in the Caribbean and never got as far as mainland America.

Traditions of Columbus Day

Traditionally, celebrations of Columbus Day 2017 include lessons about Christopher Columbus and his voyage at schools. Throughout the United States, Columbus Day 2017 has evolved into a celebration of Italian-American heritage. Communities host parades and street fairs with colourful costumes, music and Italian food. In many cities and towns that honour indigenous peoples on this holiday hold activities such as traditional dance and lessons about Native American culture.

When is Columbus Day 2017

Columbus Day 2017 is a federal holiday that falls on the second Monday of October each year. The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Monday; consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Columbus Day' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.