COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the holiday named for the explorer.
Offices in Columbus, Ohio, will remain open Monday and close on Veterans Day instead.
A spokeswoman says the city is not reacting to a movement to abolish the holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples, but is giving deserved attention to veterans.
The switch was announced quietly Thursday, allowing Columbus to avoid the consternation around canceling Columbus Day that’s taken place elsewhere.
An organizer of the local Italian-American Festival says it’s an obvious attempt to be politically correct, and a missed opportunity.
Joseph Contino (kahn-TEE’-noh) says with the explorer as its namesake, Columbus should have embraced the day to celebrate both Italian and indigenous cultures.