The second Monday in October marks the Columbus Day holiday when Americans commemorate the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. Of course, we would be remiss if we failed to point out people already inhabited the New World prior to Columbus' arrival in 1492.
Nevertheless, it's a reason for the government to take the day off.
- Trash pickup
- Retail stores
- Convenience Stores
- Gyms/Health Clubs
- Movie theaters
- Public transit
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall and Community Center
- New York Stock Exchange
- All Orange County public libraries
- Post office. There is no mail delivery
- Federal offices (should federal employees be called back, they still wouldn't be in on Monday)
- State offices
- California Department of Motor Vehicles
- County offices
According to the History Channel website, "[Columbus] intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century."
Read more about Columbus here.