Columbus Day 2013 is celebrated on Monday October, 14 this year. It is celebrated the second Monday in October. This means that you’ll find many government offices and services closed on this federal holiday.
Because of the government shutdown, many parks and museums are already closed. On Columbus Day Monday, government agencies and services on the federal level are closed. This also holds true for state government offices. According to The Street on Oct. 9, the closings vary when it comes to the different state and local governments for the Columbus Day holiday.
Post Office: Closed, there is no mail delivery on Columbus Day, October 8. (Express Mail delivery only.)
Banks: Must banks will be closed, although a few will stay open. It would be a good idea to check with your bank’s homepage online to see if they’re open before venturing out to do your banking on Columbus Day.
Schools: The majority of schools are closed. In some states, like the state of Massachusetts, all schools are closed on Columbus Day. This differs from state to state, as some states, cities and towns have schools open on Monday. You need to check with your local school closings online.
Federal, state and local government offices: Columbus Day is a federal holiday, which means federal government and services that are non-essential are closed. While the majority of libraries, department of motor vehicles and courts are closed, it varies from state to state and town to town. So check with your state and local government websites.
Garbage Pick-up: The same goes for garbage pick-up and recycling, the majority of towns and cities observe the three-day weekend for Columbus Day so chances are your garbage pick-up is on a holiday schedule for the week of Columbus day. This usually means the garbage pickup is pushed forward one day. This isn't the case in all municipals so check your local government's homepage for garbage pick-up schedules.
Liquor Stores: Many states allow liquor or package stores to open on Columbus Day, but not every state, like Utah, they don't allow sale of liquor on Columbus Day. According to Utah.gov, liquor stores or spirit shops are closed in that state on Columbus Day 2013.
Connecticut and Massachusetts liquor stores are open. Many liquor stores that do open for the holiday on Monday may reduce their hours of operation. Some follow their Sunday hours, if you are in a state that sells liquor on Sunday. Check with your local liquor store before Columbus Day for their hours of operation.
Stores: Columbus Day is a notorious shopping day as big sales are usually offered on everything from bedding to electronics. It is that time of year where much of the nation is getting ready to hunker down for the cold weather arriving soon and many of the sales offered by the retail stores reflect this.