Columbus Day (Holiday)

US federal holiday held on the second Monday of October to remember the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It may also be a 3-day weekend for some Americans. Not all states or businesses recognize this holiday.

This holiday is controversial because of the deadly history of his arrival and European settlement. Many states celebrate Native American’s Day/Indigenous People’s Day in lieu of Columbus Day.


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Travel Tips

Columbus Day is a federal holiday observed in most states within the USA (except Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming).  Please plan accordingly. Contact businesses directly to find out if they have any special holiday hours.

  • Holiday Travel:
    • Make reservations early
    • 3-day extended weekend for some Americans if the holiday falls on a weekend, their state observes the holiday, and their business is closed
    • Airfare, car rentals, and lodging may charge premium holiday rates
    • Hotels and other accommodations may require a minimum length of stay
    • Expect early traffic on Friday
    • Expect traffic after lunch at the end of the weeekend as people return home
  • Hours:
    • Non-essential government offices will be closed
    • Most businesses (including groceries and restaurants) will be open but may have limited hours
    • National parks may have limited hours
    • Public transportation may have limited hours
  • Free Street Parking:
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on federal holidays and federally observed holidays but may be affected if the state does not recognize the holiday (see meter, street sign, or city transportation website)
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on Sundays (see meter or street sign)

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  • Date:October 10, 2022