Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, is observed on Monday, Oct. 8 this year.
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.
But Columbus Day ain't what it used to be, when school kids had Oct. 12 off and government offices closed down. First, the date-observed got moved into the Monday holiday cycle, meaning the Monday closest to the Oct. 12 date would be observed. With school schedules being what they are, many opted to drop Columbus Day in favor of getting more flexibility elsewhere in the school calendar. And Santa Clara County workers had that holiday taken back.
So, what things are open and closed locally on Columbus Day?
Banks (many customer service phone lines are open)
Los Altos City Hall
Santa Clara County offices
All public schools serving Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents are open
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will operate on a regular schedule.
The Santa Clara County Library District, including Los Altos and Woodland libraries, will be open (including a League of Women Voters session on the state ballot propositions 7 p.m., in the Los Altos Library).
Most malls and supermarkets will be open.
Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day?