CLEVELAND — It's the second Monday of October, which means you'll find some things closed due to Columbus Day, which is recognized as one of the 11 federal government holidays.
As a result, all federal offices are closed, but many other places remain open despite the holiday.
So what's open or closed throughout Northeast Ohio today? Here are a few examples of what you can expect this Columbus Day:
- No mail today: The United States Postal Service is closed for the holiday
- Most banks
- Some school districts
- FedEx and UPS services
- Most stores: Including Giant Eagle, Heinen's, Target, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid
- Restaurants and coffee shops
- National parks
- RTA: Weekday services will be provided and the RTA main office will remain open.
Some communities, however, have moved away from labeling it Columbus Day to instead recognize it as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Last week, President Joe Biden was the first to ever issue a presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples' Day.
“For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures,” President Biden wrote in the Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation. “Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, last year, 14 states, the District of Columbia and 130 cities observed Indigenous Peoples' Day. As time goes on, the number of states observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day is growing.