(CTN News) – On Monday, Oct. 9, the federal holiday celebrated on Columbus Day will be observed, a day that has now been renamed Indigenous Peoples Day by many states and cities.
Indigenous Peoples Day was officially commemorated by President Joe Biden in 2021. Increasingly, school districts are also recognizing the importance of this issue.
The Chicago Board of Education voted in 2019 to substitute Indigenous Peoples Day on the school calendar for Columbus Day.
As a result, CPS will not be holding classes on Monday. Currently, Columbus Day is observed by the City of Chicago, and legislation to rename the holiday to Indigenous People’s Day has been stalled.
After passing legislation designating Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2017, Illinois currently recognizes the day on the last Monday in September. The proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day was reintroduced by an Illinois lawmaker in 2020.
As part of the 71st Annual Columbus Day Parade in Chicago, the parade will begin at 12 p.m. on State Street and Wacker Drive.
Check out what’s open and closed on Columbus Day as the holiday gets underway.
The banking industry
Due to Columbus Day being a Federal Reserve holiday, a number of banks and credit unions will likely be closed. Banks may remain open on Federal Reserve holidays if they so choose.
Despite the fact that most major banks will be closed, you will still be able to access mobile and online banking services. On the other hand, the stock market will remain open throughout the day.
There will, however, be no trading in Columbus Day bonds.
Service of the United States Postal Service
On Monday, the U.S. Postal Service will be closed in observance of the holiday. The postal service will not deliver mail on this day as well, as they will be on holiday.
Buildings owned by the government
Illinois state government facilities as well as federal government buildings throughout the country will remain closed for the day.
It is expected that libraries will remain open during this period.
Among others, Starbucks, Target, and Walmart
The majority of retailers, grocery stores, and restaurants will be open and operating as usual. Just to be sure, it is not a bad idea to call ahead or check the opening hours on the website before going.
Driver’s License Division
According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, all driver services facilities will be closed on this day.
Schools may be in session in some districts, but not in others. The Chicago Public Schools do not observe Columbus Day, but they do recognize Indigenous People’s Day.
As of 2019, the Chicago Board of Education has voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day on the school calendar.
As a result, CPS will not be holding classes on Monday. The City of Chicago observes Columbus Day as a holiday, and legislation renaming the holiday Indigenous People’s Day has been unsuccessful.