Columbus Day, observed on the second Monday in October (Oct. 14 this year), honors Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World in October of 1492.
Here's the list of what is open and closed in New London, in Connecticut and in some cases across the United States:
- New York Stock Exchange is open.
- Retail stores
- Convenience Stores
- Gyms/Health Clubs
- You may want to call ahead before heading to any of the above establishments to confirm they are open. Some retail stores or gyms/health clubs may be operating on a Sunday schedule or with limited hours.
- New London City Hall
- New London Public Schools K-12
- New London Public Library
- Some banks
- No mail delivery – all U.S post offices are closed (Expresss Mail delivery on Sundays and holidays is available for a small fee)
- Federal offices (that is, should federal employees be called back, they still wouldn't be in on Monday)
- State offices
- Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles closed at 12:30 p.m. Friday and won't open again until 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
- No changes have been announced for Metro-North's New Haven Line
According to the History Channel website, "[Columbus] intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century."
Read more about Columbus here.