Columbus Day Facts & Quotes
- · Colorado was the first state to officially recognize and celebrate Columbus Day in 1906.
- · Christopher Columbus' first settlement on Hispaniola Island was called Villa de Navidad (Christmas Town)
- · In 1971, the official holiday was moved to the second Monday in October in order to give workers in the US a long weekend. This was part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.- Robert F. Kennedy
You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.- Christopher Columbus
Columbus Day Top Events and Things to Do
- · Attend a Columbus Day Parade. The parade in New York City is one of the largest.
- · Eat some good Italian food.
- · Watch a parade.
- · Visit the Library of Congress's online exhibit 1492: An Ongoing Voyage.
- · Host a scavenger hunt for the neighborhood kids and let them become Explorers for the afternoon.
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities. The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.