Columbus Day in New York

Find information about this year's Columbus Day Parade in New York, find more Columbus Day 2014 events, and see photos of the pageantry from previous years.



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Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle

Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle Photograph: Nicholas Baume

Capra, Scorsese, Cuomo, Snooki: We love our Italian Americans. Every October since 1929, we get to celebrate them on the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s greatest discovery—America (more or less). This year’s Columbus Day Parade, on October 13, will feature Italian-music performers and the sounds of "Il Canto degli Italiani," the Italian national anthem. At least 35,000 participants are expected to march along Fifth Avenue on Columbus Day 2014, but each year more than a million people actually come to cheer. And if you’re not much of a walker, opt for a glimpse at the statue of Columbus at the top of the Columbus Circle monument or celebrate by ordering a plate of spaghetti at one of the best Italian restaurants in New York.

When is Columbus Day?

This year, Columbus Day will fall on Monday, October 13, 2014. Christopher Columbus arrived October 12, 1492, but since 1970, the United States has observed the occasion on the second Monday of every October.

What is Columbus Day?

Columbus Day marks the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. In the United States, the holiday is dedicated to celebrating Italian-American heritage.

Columbus Day 2014 events and things to do

Columbus Day Parade 2014

  • Critics choice
  • Free

He may be one of the most popular failures in history, but 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance?

Columbus Circle

  • Free

This plaza, bordering Central Park, serves as a transportation hub and shopping venue. In the center, a marble statue of Christopher Columbus sits atop a 70-foot granite column; the monument was created by sculptor Gaetano Russo in 1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of the explorer's first voyage to America.

  1. Central Park South, (at Central Park West)
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Italian American Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

Though this institution originally opened in 2001, it has called its current location—in Banca Stabile, a 19th-century bank founded by Francesco Rosario Stabile—home since 2008. Fittingly, the building is in the heart of Little Italy. At the museum, you'll find a small permanent collection devoted to the history of Italian-Americans, as well as the occasional special exhibit.

  1. 155 Mulberry St, (at Grand St)
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New York Hispanic Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This yearly Columbus Day–weekend parade takes over Fifth Avenue with lively music and groups of brightly costumed dancers, each representing a different Latin American country. Fifth Ave from 44th to 70th Sts. Subway: D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sun Oct 12
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Users say

Marcos J
Marcos J

I ignored that Columbus was the responsible of the italian colonization of America (I thought it has been Spain who did it). Now I know the real facts. Probably this is why 20 countries southern from EEUU speak italian nowadays. Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru.... all of these countries are populated by italian speakers. Thanks for the information 

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