It’s Columbus Day — Whatever…

Another cash-grabbing federal holiday with nothing for the ordinary people to celebrate.

Frederik Verhagen
3 min readOct 10, 2022
Though Washington State doesn’t observe this day, my military town does recognize Colombus Day with the usual flying of the Star-Spangled Banner throughout city. Photo by author.

Ignorant about politics and just going by the electronic calendar on my phone, I spent my entire weekend confused by this holiday called Columbus Day, wondering if my daughter had school or not.

Washington State doesn’t recognize Columbus day. Two of three calendars did not mention Columbus Day, including the free school calendar. So, I got my daughter out of bed and to school like any other Monday.

On my way to the Gym, I noticed the usual stream of flags along the main street and didn’t think much of it. I see the Star-Spangled Banner at least once on every street. Its constant and sometimes nagging appearance lost all its special meaning to me.

I tried to figure out why the city set up its usual celebration decorations. However, as of this writing, I still haven’t figured it out, other than my living in a military city or Wikipedia stating this is a federal holiday.

When I got home, my Twitter feed reminded me that Columbus Day shouldn’t still be a thing, though a certain extreme-right news channel ignorantly considers the Genovese-born explorer a “cool guy.”



Frederik Verhagen

Stay-at-home father and dork who writes about creativity, science fiction, and little discoveries in life. 🔗