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What's Open/Closed on Columbus Day?

Declared a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Columbus Day means several closures and cancellations for services and programs across town.

  • Hempstead Town Hall is closed Monday. Additionally, all senior centers  the Homeowner Disposal Area in Merrick are closed.
  • Merrick and North Merrick Schools are closed. As is the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. Any events regularly scheduled on that day are canceled.
  • The North Merrick Library is closed, however the Merrick Library is open.
  • Federal offices and agencies are also closed for the holiday, as are some banks and financial institutions. However, many banks, as well as the stock markets in New York remain open.
  • Post offices are closed for Columbus Day and there will be no mail delivery.

About the Day

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.

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

Know of any other closures in town? Let us know in the comments section!


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