Celebrate Columbus Day in Swampscott

Combine two great pastimes on Monday, Oct. 8, Columbus Day. Enjoy a day off and sleep in.

Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.

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. 

Speaking of shopping — and sleeping in — we know of one local store running a Columbus Day sale.

That would be Sleepy's

  • 447 Paradise Road Swampscott, MA 01907
  • Opening hours: Sun 11AM-7PM, Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM
  • Phone: 339-883-0316


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.

Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?


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