The U.S. Embassy were Closed on October 8 in honor of Columbus Day

The United States Embassy in Santiago will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of the U.S. Columbus Day. The offices of the Embassy, Consular Section, Press and Culture Section, and other sections of the diplomatic mission in Santiago will be closed that day.

The first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the United States took place on October 12, 1792. Organized by the Society of St. Tammany, also known as the Columbian Order, it commemorated the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ landing.

Since 1971, when Columbus Day was designated the second Monday in October, it has been celebrated as a federal holiday.