Christopher Columbus “sailed the ocean blue in 1492.” Using three small ships (the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria) to sail the ocean, Columbus discovered America, specifically the Bahamas, on October 12, 1492. His voyages initiated European colonization in the Americas.
Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 . The actual holiday is the 12Th of October, but in the United States, it is observed annually on the second Monday of October. Federal and state agencies observe Columbus Day. There is no USPS mail delivery, and banks will remain closed in all states except Nevada. Some school districts take Columbus Day off, but not all.
Columbus Day celebrations are focused around Columbus, his ships, and Native Americans. Kids will enjoy making maps, ship replicas, and dream catchers. Applesfortheteacher.com has a wide variety of free worksheets, coloring pages, and other free educational resources for kids.