"In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue..."
That's all I really remember about Columbus Day from school. My 3rd grade teacher taught us that song about Columbus. Since today is officially Columbus Day (declared in 1937 by FDR) I thought I'd add some facts about the day from History.com.
1. The first official Columbus Day celebration occurred in 1792 in New York.
2. The US isn't the only country to celebrate Columbus Day. Many of the countries in the "new world" also celebrate it. But in many Latin American countries it is called "Dia de la Raza" (Day of the Race).
3. Some cities have replaced Columbus Day celebrations with alternative days of rememberance (typically because the institution of Columbus Day came after intense lobbying by a Catholic organization). such as Berkeley's Indiginous Peoples Day, Hawaii's Discovery Day and South Dakota's Native American Day.
4. Many celebrations are a mixture of Italian heritage since Columbus was Italian.
5. Check out this video for the "Real Story of Columbus"
Below are some links to Columbus Day activities and coloring pages:
Happy Columbus Day!