Whatever you call it, it’s a bank holiday

Prince Frederick, MD - Back in the early 1960s, the genius/comedian Stan Freberg created a series of humorous vignettes, which told the story of America’s early years. Well, sort of. The stories were satirical. Among the collection is a 10-minute bit—complete with a rousing musical number—on Christopher Columbus “discovering America.” In Freberg’s story, Columbus is informed by the chief of the natives he encountered that in reality, they discovered him. Columbus explains he wants to buy the waterfront land they are all standing on and just needs to make a small deposit at the nearest bank. “You out of luck today. Banks closed,” said the chief. “Oh, why?” Columbus asks, to which the chief replies, “Columbus Day.”

This year, the Monday observance of Columbus Day falls on October 8. The traditional Columbus Day is Friday, Oct. 12. Columbus Day has been officially recognized nationwide since 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed it a national holiday. In many communities, it’s a day when Italian-Americans celebrate their heritage. Cities hosting large Columbus Day observances include New York City, San Francisco and Denver, Colorado. Not everyone is on-board with honoring Columbus. In South Dakota, the observance is called Native American Day. In Hawaii, it’s called Discoverer’s Day and since 2016 Vermont residents have observed Indigenous People Day.

Whatever you call it, the day inexplicably remains a bank holiday. Here’s a list of major banks in North America that will be closed Oct. 8.

Amarillo National Bank, American National Bank, Bank of America, Bank of the West, Barclays Bank Delaware, BBVA Compass Bank, BB&T, BMO Harris Bank, Capital One Bank, Citibank, Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank, Eastern Bank, Fidelity Bank, Fifth Third Bank, First Tennessee Bank, HSBC Bank (closed for Canadian Thanksgiving), Huntington State Bank, KeyBank, M&T Bank, People’s United Bank, PNC Bank, Regions Bank, Santander Bank, SunTrust Bank, Union Bank, U.S. Bank, USAA (most centers closed) and Wells Fargo.

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