Local closures set for Columbus Day

Local closures set for Columbus Day”

Columbus Day marks a state and federal holiday, begun back in 1792 and declared a federal day off in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Some regions choose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, which honors Native Americans and challenges the concept that Columbus was the first to discover America. For many, this is also a day when financial establishments such as banks are closed.

Columbus Day is one of 12 Missouri state holidays. It's best to check with your individual bank to see if offices and branches will be open.

Most federal, state and county offices are closed on Monday, with the exception of emergency services like the Missouri State Highway Patrol, county Sheriff's departments and state prisons. Houston Federal Credit Union offices will be closed. Until 1971, the holiday was observed on October 12 every year.

On the other hand, stock markets are open during Columbus Day. The holiday started in 1792 as an Italian-American heritage celebration in NY.

Columbus Day isn't without its controversy as a holiday meant to celebrate Christopher Columbus for sailing the ocean blue in 1492. The only times that national parks close are during Christmas or New Year. The same thing can be said about stores and malls as the holiday gives them the flawless opportunity to make business.

The Lamesa Post Office lobby will be closed and there will be no delivery of mail on Monday.

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