Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
It's celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.
In the US, Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 and is recognized by 48 states. The two remaining states are Hawaii, who celebrates Discoverers' Day and South Dakota who observes Native American Day on the same date. 
source: care2.com

watch an animation here:
http://www.brainpopjr.com/socialstudies/holidays/columbusday/
(found on Michelle Henry's website, thanks!!)

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