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Celebrate Columbus Day in Palos Verdes

Columbus Day falls on Oct. 8 this year.

While Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, might be seen as an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, most people will probably be working or in school.

What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.

Schools will be in session in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes city offices will be open, and trash pickup and street sweeping will be on a regular schedule.

State and Los Angeles County offices will be closed; however, the California Department of Motor Vehicles Offices will be open.

The holiday itself is also interesting, as well as 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.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937, and since 1971, the U.S. has observed the holiday on the second Monday in October.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

Macy's, Sears and Express are among the stores hosting Columbus Day sales, so shopaholics should be sure to head over to the Promenade on the Peninsula or another mall. Even online-only retailers like Amazon are getting in on the action. Click here for a selected list of Columbus Day sales in Palos Verdes.

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