In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt established Columbus Day as a federal holiday. However, Columbus Day had already been unofficially celebrated in the United States since the 18th century. More »

American holidays that are not considered to be federal holidays include Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day and Halloween. The Christian holiday observances of Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sund... More »

Memorial Day, observed the last Monday in May, is a federal holiday in the United States. Declared by an act of Congress in 1971, the holiday honors all those who have died in American wars. More »

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The U.S. government recognizes Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, as a federal holiday. Many government offices and banks are closed on Columbus Day, and some private businesses may close as well. More »

The United States does not deliver mail on Columbus Day because it is a federal holiday. Customers can mail packages and buy stamps using self-services kiosks, which are open 24 hours in select locations. More »

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Sixteen states do not observe Columbus Day, including Hawaii, Oregon and Alaska. Hawaii calls the second Monday in October Discoverer's Day and commemorates Polynesian explorers discovering the islands, but schools and s... More »