Columbus Day

The Italian-American Heritage in the United States

Date: 10/09/2023
Categories: Events

If you want to see the Statue of Christopher Columbus in New York you have to arrive to Columbus Circle (59th Street and 8th Ave) where it dominates the center of the square, but if you happen to visit New York in October you will also have the opportunity to attend the Columbus Day Parade.

Since 1929, a parade has been held in New York with more than 35,000 participants and more than 1 million spectators with bands and floats. The parade starts from Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and continues along Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. The parade starts around 11:30 am in the morning and ends around 3:00 pm.

Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12th, 1492, and in the United States Columbus Day has been celebrated on the second Monday of October and has been a federal holiday since 1971, therefore all government offices, banks and schools are closed, as well as embassies and consulates.

Columbus Day - All future Dates

  • Columbus Day 2023 - October 9th
  • Columbus Day 2024 - October 14th
  • Columbus Day 2025 - October 13th
  • Columbus Day 2026 - October 12th
  • Columbus Day 2027 - October  11th

Video - Columbus Day The Parade

The Parade Route and Info

The parade begins from Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and continues along Fifth Avenue to 79th street. Columbus Day is the largest celebration of Italian-American culture in the World. Being a federal holiday all governmental offices, banks and schools are closed, as well as embassies and consulates. Not to be missed is the Empire State Building lit in white red and green to reproduce the Italian flag.

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