What's Closed on Columbus Day in East Haven

Columbus Day is on Monday, Oct. 8 this year; here's some history of Columbus Day along with a list of what's open and what's closed in East Haven on the federal holiday.


Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.

Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. Will you be shopping the Columbus Day sales?

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday. Here's a list of what’s closed on Monday:

  • All federal, state and local city and town offices are closed.
  • Most banks are closed.
  • Schools are closed.
  • Hagaman Memorial Library is closed.
  • All postal offices are closed and mail will not be delivered.
  • The DMV is closed. Click here for more information.
  • Connecticut Lottery Headquarters in Rocky Hill is closed.

Did we miss something? Tell us in the comments!

What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?


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