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Celebrate Columbus Day in Redondo Beach

Columbus Day falls on Oct. 8 this year.

While Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, might be seen as an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, most people will probably be working or in school.

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

Schools will be in session in Redondo Beach Unified School District. Redondo Beach city offices will be open, and trash pickup and street sweeping will be on a regular schedule.

State and Los Angeles County offices will be closed; however, the California Department of Motor Vehicles Offices will be open.

The holiday itself is also interesting, as well as 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.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937, and since 1971, the U.S. has observed the holiday on the second Monday in October.

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

Macy's, Sears and Express are among the stores hosting Columbus Day sales, so shopaholics should be sure to head over to the South Bay Galleria or another mall. Even online-only retailers like Amazon are getting in on the action. Click here for a selected list of Columbus Day sales in Redondo Beach.

Wolfman October 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
When I was a kid Columbus day was a big deal now as America is changing it is much less significant
Morgan Kramer October 11, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I am amazed that we still celebrate this “Holliday” that can – at best – be described as “Culturally Insensitive.” Columbus’ stumbling onto the West Indies not only resulted in the deaths of countless Indians through the spread of disease, but he was also a slaver who advocated the expulsion of all Jews from Spain. Because of Columbus’ FOUR voyages, others followed him who did even worse by the indigenous populations… butchers like Cortez and Pizarro. Celebrating “Columbus Day” is a lot like celebrating the Birthday of Hitler in the minds of many people… that it is still considered a Holliday is not only bizarre, but to my mind, beyond insensitive.

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