For most of us then, Columbus Day is just another Monday.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a federal holiday in 1937 following a lobbying campaign by the Knights of Columbus.
Italian Americans ride on a Columbus float while participating in the annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City, Oct. 10, 2005.
LaMattina and others in the parade object to calls for an end to the Columbus Day commemoration by people who have attacked the explorer's history and his legacy.
Columbus, an Italian explorer, discovered the Americas and began large scale European settlement of the New World.
Colleen Green, director of Native American Programs, believes Columbus is celebrated on this day because many were taught false information in school and do not know who Columbus truly was.
Read on to learn more about the protests against Columbus Day, and those that have affected the Columbus Day parade.
In his book "A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World", author Tony Horwitz wonders why so much emphasis is put on Columbus and Plymouth when others had come to the continent first and significant exploration happened between 1492 and 1620.
Colorado's capital already didn't officially recognize Columbus Day, according to The Denver Post. Instead, those places are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. "It doesn't recognize and we don't speak about the impact that contact had on the indigenous people of our nation", said Darlene Trigg with the Social Justice Task Force in Nome.
Their stories didn't make the history that the winners wrote, but they too should be honored and appreciated. Demographics encourage different celebrations.
Within 60 years of his landing, there were only a few hundred Taino natives left, compared to the 250,000 who were there when he arrived. The problem isn't that what he did that was inhumane or whether we'd be here without him - it is the misinformation.
Columbus connected the eastern and western hemisphere, essentially changing every aspect of human connectivity; from how we travel, to how we trade, to what we eat, and how we think. "Whatever our age, whatever our race, whatever our religion, we ensure that everyone here feels welcome at all times".
The West has its good and bad points, but its best ideas-equal rights, freedom of religion, free speech, due process, open scientific inquiry, property rights and so on-have helped all people who adopt them.