The city only had a big enough budget to celebrate Columbus Day or Veterans Day this year, and since most of the workers are vets, officials said they chose to give them the day off in November. Columbus Day is one of three federal holidays TD Bank remains open for, including Veterans Day and Presidents' Day.
Despite the change in attitudes, many banks and offices will still be closed for the holiday.
All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler.
The Ohio city's decision is not related to a movement to end Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day, in deference to the Native American population that was colonized and in some cases enslaved or decimated by colonizing forces associated with Columbus.
This year, at least a dozen USA cities- including Columbus, Ohio and Cincinnati- will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day today.
This year, the Monday observance of Columbus Day falls on October 8. Columbus Day IS considered a federal holiday, but most businesses are open.
Indigenous Peoples Day is the same day as Columbus Day, which this year is on October 8, 2018. "Oh, why?" Columbus asks, to which the chief replies, "Columbus Day".
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America's national parks are open on Columbus Day. South Dakota, California, Nevada, Oregon and Hawaii do not generally observe Columbus Day, and several other states continue to be added to the list.
"We wanted to be able to honor our veterans", Davis told the Columbus Dispatch. Banks that will be closed include Capital One, BB&T, City National Bank, Santander Bank, Union Bank, Bank of America, Citibank, and HSBC, along with most credit unions. However, UPS does not observe Columbus Day and locations will be open.
Millions of indigenous people were killed or died of disease under colonization of parts of the eastern USA that began with Columbus' arrival in 1492, according to activists.
While Columbus Day is still a holiday, there are some states that do not celebrate or acknowledge the day.
"As we reflect on the adventurers throughout history who charted new courses and sought new heights", Obama's statement said, "let us remember the communities who suffered, and let us pay tribute to our heritage and embrace the multiculturalism that defines the American experience". "The fact that the city of Columbus is taking action is a victory for everyone".
President Donald Trump, had not mentioned Indigenous Peoples Day by late Monday afternoon, but did tweet about "Columbus's spirit of determination and adventure". "Use this day to celebrate the entire culture, celebrate Italians and indigenous both".