Aldermen approve Indigenous Peoples’ Day for different day than Columbus Day

Nov 11, 2020 359

BY: Andrew Sylvia

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is now an official holiday in Manchester, just not on the day that was expected. Following a compromise proposed by Daniel O’Neil (At-Large), Indigenous People’s Day will be recognized in Manchester on the first Monday in October, with the second Monday in October still being solely for Columbus Day.

O’Neil got the idea for the compromise from Akron, Ohio, which split the two holidays and rebranded Columbus Day as Italian-American Heritage Day. The proposed holiday was originally intended to coincide with Columbus Day, but that was shot down along with an attempt to place it on August 9, the official date for Indigenous Peoples’ Day according to the United Nations.

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