In recent years the celebration of columbus day has sparked a lot of controversy in the us latin america and beyond but whatever one may think of it politically the fact remains that columbus day is a widespread public holiday in the united states. Columbus day is a public holiday in many parts of the united states but is not a day off in some states some government offices are closed because columbus day is still a federal government holiday the day is a legal observance in states like florida. Columbus day is one of ten federal holidays recognized nationwide by the united states government all non essential federal government offices are closed on columbus day and all federal employees are paid even if they receive the day off many private sector employees will also receive paid time off or special holiday pay on columbus day. Columbus day commemorates the date when christopher columbus first set foot in the americas in the usa it is observed on the second monday in october though columbus day is one of the 10 us legal federal holidays it is not considered a major one there will be no postal service and while some banks may close most businesses remain open
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