This day, also known as Discovers’ Day or Pioneers’Day, falls on October 12 but is observed on the second Monday of October. It commemorates the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492. It is a legal holiday. Schools, banks, business establishments, post offices, and government offices close down. Parades, food, fests, fairs, and other celebratory events mark the day. It is also an occasion that acknowledges the influence of Italian culture on the United States and the bonds of friendship that link the two countries.