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Ten fun facts about Columbus Day


1. US Gov Declares Columbus Day Holiday: 1492 Voyage to Americas

In 1937, the United States government officially declared Columbus Day a federal holiday, honoring the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas in 1492. This holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October each year, and is a time to recognize the contributions of Italian-Americans to the United States. It is also a time to reflect on the history of the Americas and the impact of Columbus' voyage on the indigenous peoples of the region.

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2. Celebrating the Explorer's Journey to the New World

Although Christopher Columbus is widely known for his voyage from Spain to the Americas, he was actually born in Genoa, Italy. Columbus Day, celebrated on the second Monday of October, commemorates the explorer's journey and his discovery of the New World. It is a federal holiday in the United States, and many other countries around the world also celebrate the day in his honor.

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3. Celebrate diversity with Columbus Day

Columbus Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of different names. In Latin America, it is known as Día de la Raza, which commemorates the arrival of Hispanic peoples in the New World. In Uruguay, it is referred to as Día de las Americas, and in Spain, it is known as Fiesta Nacional. This day is a celebration of the cultural diversity that exists in the world today.

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4. "Celebrating Honoring the Explorer and His Crew"

Since the colonial era, people have been celebrating the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus, and in 1906, Colorado became the first state to officially recognize the event as a holiday. This holiday, now known as Columbus Day, is celebrated in many parts of the United States and is a time to recognize the contributions of the explorer and his crew.

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5. San Fran's Columbus Day Parade: Longest in US

San Francisco is home to the oldest continuously running Columbus Day celebration in the United States, with its annual parade having first taken place in 1868. This parade has been held every year since, making it the longest-running Columbus Day celebration in the country. The parade features a variety of floats, marching bands, and other entertainment, and is a beloved tradition for many in the city.

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6. Celebrate Columbus Day

On his voyage in 1492, Christopher Columbus was searching for a route to Asia, but instead he stumbled upon the Americas. It was Amerigo Vespucci who first realized that these lands were not part of Asia, and it was his name that was used to name the continent. To commemorate this momentous discovery, Columbus Day is celebrated every year on the second Monday of October.

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7. Celebrate Columbus Day

On August 3, 1492, ninety brave men set sail with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World. This voyage would prove to be a monumental moment in history, as it would lead to the discovery of the Americas and the eventual colonization of the continent. Columbus and his crew of ninety men endured a treacherous journey across the Atlantic Ocean, facing storms, scurvy, and other dangers before finally arriving in the Caribbean on October 12, 1492. This voyage would eventually lead to the establishment of Columbus Day, a holiday celebrated in many countries around the world to commemorate the explorer's discovery.

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8. The Day We Found America

After 35 days of sailing, the crew of Christopher Columbus' ship finally spotted land on October 12th, 1492, a day now celebrated as Columbus Day. This momentous occasion marked the first time Europeans had set foot in the Americas, and it was a major milestone in the Age of Exploration.

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9. Exploring the New World in 1492

On October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus made history when he became the first European to explore the Americas since the 10th century. After setting sail from Spain, he eventually landed in the Bahamas, marking the beginning of a new era of exploration and discovery. This day is now celebrated as Columbus Day, a federal holiday in the United States, to commemorate the momentous occasion.

10. 3 states that don't recognize Columbus Day

In 1906, Colorado became the first state to recognize Columbus Day as a holiday, and it was later designated a federal holiday in 1937. Despite this, three states - Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota - have chosen not to recognize the holiday at all.

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celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which happened on Oct. 12, 1492, which as an official holiday.

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