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America celebrates Columbus Day

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Columbus Day is observed today across the United States.

It marks Italian explorer Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Americas, in 1492.

The holiday was first celebrated in New York, in 1792.

Today it's a federal holiday. There's no mail delivery.

Most government offices that were still open in spite of the partial government shutdown will be closed today.

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