Why Isn't Columbus Day Observed Anymore?


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Columbus Day is a regional holiday in the U.S. It's not observed as widely as before. What happened? Being celebrated in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin it should be a well-known holiday. Despite this, many schools and businesses don't close on this day.

The purpose of Columbus Day is to celebrate Christopher Columbus's accomplishment of arriving in the Americas. You may argue that people were here before Columbus but Columbus was the one who was able to discover it for the outside world, creating North America we know today. The holiday is also recognized in other countries such as Spain, Uruguay, Italy, and more. The fact that many people are opting out of observing this holiday is depressing.

In many parts of the U.S, parades are celebrating the person who discovered the Americas and made history. However, places like Fort Lee downright don't care at all. A place like Fort Lee would not have been established without Columbus, so people should take a day off and recognize that Columbus was a historical icon, paving the way for the U.S. to come.

If people don't know about Columbus, they'll take things for granted. Our beautiful nation was found because of him, and if he hadn't seen it, who knows how history would've played out. History is not a game but facts. Columbus was essential to this, and that's why I believe that every state and every town, especially Fort Lee, should recognize this spectacular holiday.

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