It is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
Some celebrate Italian-American heritage on this day with parades, ceremonies, and celebrations.
Columbus Day 2022 is a state legal holiday in Tennessee, a state holiday in 22 states, and a federal holiday in 28 states.
It is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of indigenous cultures and histories.
Instead of Columbus Day, many states now celebrate Native Americans' Day/Indigenous People's Day.
The explorer, Christopher Columbus, is typically seen as the first European to travel to the Americas and as a discoverer of the New World.