Photo: “Portrait of a Man, Said to be Christopher Columbus” by
Sebastiano del Piombo (1519) credit: Wikimedia Commons
Columbus Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October, is a federal and state holiday that commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. It is also a day to honor the contributions of Italian-Americans to the American experience.
Increasingly, communities are honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday celebrating Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures in opposition to the celebration of Columbus Day.
Curb side trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day due to the holiday.
- Belmont Town offices and Belmont Light are closed.
- US Postal Service will not deliver mail and post offices are closed.
- Most banks; although some branches will be open in some supermarkets.
- Retail stores
- Coffee shops
- Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts
- Supermarkets and convenience stores
- Establishments that sell beer and wine are also allowed to be open.
MBTA: Operating on a Sunday schedule. See www.mbta.com for details.