What is Columbus Day? Let’s review history today. Christopher Columbus is an early Italian explorer that discovered America for Spain in 1492. Did you know?
- Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the United States
- Columbus Day celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492
- This day also helps recognize contributions of Americans of Italian descent
- Columbus Day is the second Monday in October each year
- The flag of the United States is displayed on all government buildings on Columbus Day
- This day is observed by banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, other federal agencies, state government offices, businesses, and most school districts
- Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator
- In 1492, he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain in the Santa Maria, with the Pinta and the Niña ships alongside, hoping to find a new route to India
- On October 12, 1492, after 36 days of sailing westward across the Atlantic, Columbus and several crewmen set foot on an island in the present-day Bahamas
- On this day, Columbus planted the flag of his sponsors, King Ferdinand, and Queen Isabella of Spain in the new land (the continent of North America)
Homeschoolers: sketch/color an illustration. Theme: Discovering new places. Finish this sentence: I want to go to …. List three facts about this day. Read the story called The Flying Trunk in Learning to Read: Fairy Tale Adventures. Write about Sven’s many adventures while flying around the world.