Sunday 20 September 2020
(Week 39)

Columbus Day 2020, 2021 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Columbus Day 2020 and Columbus Day 2021.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.

DateHolidayDayWeek numberDays to go
Columbus Day 2020 Monday 42 22
Columbus Day 2021 Monday 41 386
Columbus Day 2022 Monday 41 750
Columbus Day 2023 Monday 41 1114
Columbus Day 2024 Monday 42 1485
Columbus Day 2025 Monday 42 1849
Columbus Day 2026 Monday 42 2213
Columbus Day 2027 Monday 41 2577
Columbus Day 2028 Monday 41 2941
Columbus Day 2029 Monday 41 3305
Columbus Day 2030 Monday 42 3676

Significance of Columbus Day 2020

Columbus Day 2020 is an annual federal American holiday that occurs on the second Monday in October each year. Columbus Day 2020 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 2020 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 2020 include lessons about Christopher Columbus and his voyage at schools. Throughout the United States, Columbus Day 2020 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 2020

Columbus Day 2020 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 2020 calendar.

See also the 2020 Calendar.