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Columbus Day Around the Ozarks - Many Offices Closed Today

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Columbus Day is observed today across the United States. Many government offices are closed today - no mail delivery.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Columbus Day is observed today across the United States.

It marks explorer Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Americas, in 1492.
The holiday was first celebrated in New York, in 1792.

Today it's a federal holiday -- there's no mail delivery.
Most government offices that were still open in spite of the partial government shutdown will be closed today.

In Missouri, state offices are closed, however the regional claim centers of the Division of Employment Security will be open because of heavy demand. 
The offices are processing thousands of unemployment claims from furloughed federal workers.

County offices around Missouri will also be closed.
Some schools will be closed today.  Springfield Public Schools are in session.  Students are not in school on Wednesday, Oct. 16, because of a teacher learning day.

History of the Holiday  (from History.com)
Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.
It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937.
For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage.
Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.
Many Native Americans have protested the holiday because of the destruction of native tribes and history throughout the U.S. history after the discovery of the Americas.

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