Columbus Day

Columbus Day is the annual U.S. federal holiday commemorating explorer Christopher Columbus’  landing in the New World (at San Salvador Island, also known as Waitling Island, today part of the British Bahamas) on October 12, 1492.

Find out more on the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World from the Library of Congress exhibition 1492: An Ongoing Voyage.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs have produced a PDF pamphlet  for Columbus Day which you can download here and see how Americans celebrate Columbus Day.
Also on the U.S. Embassy website we have more information on Columbus day plus links to other U.S. holidays.