Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday in America and is officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in autumn of 1905, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus's voyage since the colonial period. The day was first enshrined as a legal holiday in the United States through the lobbying of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver.

Columbus Day Events

Check out below for fun filled Columbus Day events during your day off from work. we have a list of Christopher Columbus events happenings in NYC.

Columbus Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral  

The ever-beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a special mass, which reflects on the men, women and children who, like Columbus, traveled to America in pursuit of freedom and new opportunities.

Time :50th Street/Fifth Avenue @ 9:30 a.m.
Entry : before 9:15, but at 9:15 they open the cathedral to additional attendees as space allows.

The Annual Columbus Day Parade  

On October 9, 2017, Fifth Avenue is transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The Columbus Day Parade is a fun filled parade that gets bigger and better every year. Participants from all over the world march in our parade with pride. The parade has become a global event with millions of viewers and over a half million spectators on the streets. We invite you to join us and experience this memorable day.

Time :12 pm - 3 pm, Fifth Avenue at 47th Street and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 72nd Street.
  • The grandstands will be located on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.
  • New Yorkers and suburbanites alike—Midtown acts as a transportation hub, and each year there are live performances near 67th Street