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Columbus Day in Montville

Columbus Day is on Monday, Oct. 8 this year.

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. 

The Willowbrook Mall will be open and many stores will be offering sales and discounts.

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, including Towaco and Pine Brook locations, will be closed to observe the holiday.

The Montville Township Public Library will be open and offering its "Monday Movie Madness" program showing "Mirror, Mirror" at 1 p.m. Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 will also be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Montville Township Public Schools will be closed for students, but teachers will be in-service for a Professional Development Day.

Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?

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