Columbus Day 2019: What's open, closed? Schools, restaurants, mail delivery, banks
Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.
The day first became a legal holiday in the United States in 1892 when it was commemorated as "Discovery Day." It became a federal holiday in 1937 following a proclamation by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Until 1970, the day was celebrated on Oct 12, no matter which day of the week it occurred. But after 1970, the holiday was fixed to the second Monday in October in keeping with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that placed the observance of certain holidays on Mondays.The Christopher Columbus statue on Larry Holmes Drive in Easton. (File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) Holiday recognition
Although Columbus Day is a federal holiday, it's not observed in all 50 states.
In Hawaii, the holiday is known as "Discoverers' Day." In California and South Dakota, it's "Native Americans' Day." In Minnesota, Vermont, Oregon, Maine and Alaska, it's "Indigenous People's Day," the New York Times reports.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania both observe Columbus Day. This means many places are closed for the holiday.
We give you the rundown below on what's open and closed on Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of the holiday:File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Mail delivery
Post offices are closed and there will be no residential or business mail deliveries, only delivery of Priority Mail Express.
Mail from collection boxes will be retrieved in high-density areas, said Karen Mazurkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service.
She said business customers with significant volumes of first class mail and/or priority mail can schedule a pick up -- where available. Stamps, Mazurkiewicz added, will be available at most grocery, pharmacy and convenience stores.Rudy Miller | For lehighvalleylive.com Federal, state, county and municipal offices
All federal and state offices observe the holiday.
Northampton County and Lehigh County offices are open as are the county courthouses; Warren County offices and court are both closed.
Municipal offices vary. The cities of Bethlehem, Easton and Allentown, as well as Palmer Township and Wilson Borough, all are open. Forks Township is closed.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Liquor stores
In Pennsylvania, all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores normally open on Monday will run on regular operating hours. New Jersey liquor stores are privately owned and hours vary by location.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Department of Motor Vehicles
All New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle offices are closed Monday, Oct. 14.
All Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, are closed Saturday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct. 14.
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website. There are no additional fees for using online services.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Libraries
In New Jersey, the four branches of the Warren County Library system -- the Catherine Dickson Hofman in Blairstown; Southwest branch in Stewartsville; Headquarters Branch in Belvidere; and Northeast Branch in Independence Township -- are all closed Monday, Oct. 14. The Phillipsburg Free Public Library also is closed.
The W.H. Walters Free Public Library, in Alpha, is open.
In Pennsylvania, the Easton Area Public Library and the Hellertown Area Library are both open Monday, Oct. 14. So are the Allentown Public Library, the Bethlehem Area Public Library and the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Schools
Many schools are closed in Northampton and Lehigh counties, including the Easton Area School District, Nazareth Area School District and the Northampton Area School District. Both the Wilson Area School District and Bethlehem Area School District are closed for teacher in-service days.
The Allentown School District and the Parkland School District both have staff/professional development days and school is closed.
In Warren County, schools in the Phillipsburg School District are closed and also have a teacher in-service day scheduled.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Transportation
LANtaBus and LANtaVan services will operate on a normal schedule Monday, Oct. 14.
TransBridge also will operate on a normal schedule.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Money and markets
The New York Stock Exchange will run on a normal schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, said Peter Asch, who handles corporate communications and archiving for the stock exchange. Nasdaq also will run on the same normal schedule of 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., said spokesman Matthew Sheahan.
The majority of banks, however, are closed, including Fulton Bank, Santander, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. TD Bank will remain open Monday, Oct. 14. Online banking and ATMs also will remain open, though transactions such as transfers may not show up until Tuesday, Oct. 15.File photo | For lehighvalleylive.com Gas stations
Most gas stations and convenience stores remain open on Columbus Day.AP File Photo | Wilfredo Lee Restaurants
Most large chain restaurants remain open on Columbus Day, but some mom and pops and smaller chains could be closed or have an altered schedule. It's best to call ahead to check.Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
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