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What's Closed, Open on Columbus Day 2012

Columbus Day is on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

What's Closed, Open on Columbus Day 2012

Columbus Day, a federal holiday, falls this year on Monday, Oct. 8.

The  Columbus Day Parade in downtown Baltimore starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Watch as floats, marching bands, dancers and civic organizations make their way from Key Highway at Light Street down Pratt Street to Little Italy's Columbus Piazza.

Columbus Day pays tribute to Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, whose long journey across the Atlantic Ocean was victorious when he spotted land, dubbed the “New World," on Oct. 12, 1492.

In addition to being considered a celebration of Italian heritage, Columbus Day is a huge  shopping day in the U.S. 

Several  stores at Arundel Mills are holding Columbus Day sales for the occasion, in addition to those at the Mall in Columbia.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the  holiday a federal one in 1937. Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.

    CLOSED for Columbus Day in Howard County

    • All Howard County Libraries, including the Miller Branch
    • Howard County Courts
    • Howard County Health Department

    OPEN in Howard County on Columbus Day

    • County government offices
    • Trash and recycling services
    • Landfill (open 8 a.m.–4 p.m.)

    The forecast looks great for Columbus Day, what are your plans? Tell us in the comments.

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