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It's Columbus Day!

Columbus Day is on Monday Oct. 8 this year.

Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.

Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.

Schools and city offices are open in the Cerritos & Artesia area. City parks will operate on a normal schedule and trash pick-up will remain as usual. State and Los Angeles County offices will also be closed.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles Offices will be opened.

What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration? Tell us in the comments!

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