He wasn't even the first European to do it.
Columbus" own 1492 "discovery' of America is controversial itself with some pointing out Viking explorer Leif Erikson arrived long before the Italian.
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"The City of Columbus will be open on Columbus Day on Monday, October 8, 2018".
For Joe Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, the decision was easy. "Oh, why?" Columbus asks, to which the chief replies, "Columbus Day".
"This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners". "We thought it was important to honor them with that day off".
"We didn't think it was prudent to add an additional holiday", Davis said. "Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere".
In fact, Columbus, Ohio, has no real connection to the man himself. Now, for 2018, the groups say they will "once again will be rethinking Columbus Day with a focus on Indigenous people, their lovely cultures and traditions". Most non-government businesses are open like usual on Columbus Day, and their employees have to work like it's any other day.
"Columbus didn't know that his voyage would spread diseases across the continents, of course, but disease wasn't the only problem".
The park does have security, but for the past three years, the statute has been vandalized especially around Columbus Day.
But the proclamations from the last two presidents couldn't be more different.
But it became the subject of protests past year over Columbus's enslavement of native people, with the protest's organizer supporting renaming the city itself. The traditional Columbus Day is Friday, Oct. 12.
Back in 1992, Columbus put on a six-month exhibit called AmeriFlora "92 to honor Christopher Columbus" arrival in the Americas. It is a history that we must recognize as we seek to build a brighter future - side by side and with cooperation and mutual respect.