Columbus Day 2013 is here, and though many people are happy to have the day off work on Columbus Day as a national holiday, the controversy surrounding today as a “bad” day in light of the controversial Christopher Columbus is nothing new. Yet the Inquisitr provides a practical look this Monday, Oct. 14, at what’s open and what’s closed on Columbus Day.
While Columbus Day 2013 may have a majority of the public asking — “What’s open on Columbus Day? What places are closed?” — there’s no need to worry, as you’re about to find out. Of course, this fall 2013 the government shutdown has made matters a little bit more difficult, though the overall list of affected businesses hasn’t changed all that much.
Although specific openings and closings may alter depending on your location, for the majority of U.S. citizens, here’s the scoop on what’s open and closed today:
• Expect malls, libraries, and independent stores to be open today, though all non-local court houses are generally closed. Of course due to the government shutdown, that might not change much.
• Columbus Day 2013 might affect public transportation such as bus service, light rails, monorails and the like, if only for scheduling and route changes.
• The United States Postal Service will be closed, with no deliveries or retail services available.
Aside from this basic information on what’s open and closed, the more modern looks at Columbus Day this 2013 see today as a “bad” national holiday, honoring a man (Christopher Columbus) who is not very great or deserving of a holiday after his namesake. Though previously venerated as the man who sailed the ocean blue back in 1492, Americans now know him as a man who enslaved, took advantage, and brought great sickness and death upon the Native Americans, believing them to initially be Indians in his journey — hence why we still wrongfully call them Indians sometimes today.
Some of the controversy and hatred to old Chris Columbus this Columbus Day, according to the Huffington Post, may be regarding four "lesser-known" facts: he operated a pre-teen female sex ring, lied to the Native Americans to steal their land and goods, would literally dismember other people to achieve his goals, and was a "total douchebag."
Columbus Day 2013 might still be seen as a bad day honoring a controversial historical figure like Christopher Columbus to have off work, but it’s nonetheless a much-needed day for hard-working Americans to enjoy their families, and a Monday away from the workplace, so please be safe and enjoy it!