Christopher Columbus's spirit of determination & adventure has provided inspiration to generations of Americans. Hawaii skips Columbus day completely, opting instead to celebrate Discoverer's Day - coincidentally on the same date - to commemorate the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii.
Instead, city officials have chosen instead to celebrate another federal holiday, Veteran's Day on November 12, a day during which the city normally remains open because it would require a paid holiday for all city employees. The exception is bond trading, which pauses for the day.
Since it is a federal holiday, there is no mail on Columbus Day and post offices are closed.
There are dozens of cities nationwide that are no longer celebrating Columbus Day, switching to indigenous peoples day instead.
"We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus", Davis said.
It's Columbus Day 2018, and while many schools aren't in session for the holiday, the same doesn't go for most stores and restaurants.
A similar effort twice failed in Cincinnati before a vote Wednesday finally recognized Columbus Day as the renamed Indigenous Peoples Day. But more and more places are moving to replace Columbus Day.
To Cliff Matias, cultural director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, it's a disgrace that New York City doesn't officially recognize the holiday. "Oh, why?" Columbus asks, to which the chief replies, "Columbus Day". We honored the Italian explorer, coloring pictures of the ships Columbus captained to "discover" our homeland. Not everyone is on-board with honoring Columbus.
"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?"
An attempt in Akron to rename the holiday grew ugly past year, dividing the all-Democratic city council along racial lines.
So what did Columbus really do?
President Donald Trump is marking Columbus Day with no mention of the Native Americans who were present when explorer Christopher Columbus landed in the new world. The traditional Columbus Day is Friday, Oct. 12. Cleveland, which has a large Italian-American population, continues to host a major Columbus Day parade. Some cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. In blue states especially, communities now recognize Columbus as a slaveholder, rapist and plunderer of gold; a total of 56 cities and four states have followed Berkeley's example. Joseph Contino, board member of the Columbus Italian Festival, told the Associated Press. It is celebrated the second Monday in October.
At times throughout the celebration, it was hard to hear over the chants by the protestors holding up signs saying to abolish the day.