Columbus Day 2012: What You Need to Know

What's open and closed in Naperville, places to find shopping deals and more information on today's holiday.

Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting.

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Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.

The day is also considered a celebration of Italian heritage, as well as a huge shopping day in the U.S. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.

Here's the list of what is open and closed on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8:

What's Closed:

Government offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, are closed. Courts and public schools are also closed. There is also no mail delivery.

Naperville Park District’s Administration Building and South Maintenance Facility will also be closed on Monday, Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day.

Naperville School District 203 schools will be closed on Monday. 

Indian Prairie School District 204 schools will be closed on Monday.

Shop and Save:

If you plan on being busy shopping today, here's a list of places where you can find some great deals. 

Department Stores:

  • Macy's: Columbus Day Sale in the store
  • Lowe's: Columbus Day Values & Savings; $5 Off Valspar Signature Paint 
  • Sears: Columbus Day Sale & Values
  • Toys R Us: 41 Columbus Day Deals & Coupons
  • Kohl's: 15 percent Off Your Purchase with Coupon or Online with Code: BUYMORE15
    OR 20 percent Off $100+ with Coupon or Online with Code: BUYMORE20
  • Kmart: Deals on furniture, televisions, cameras, patio furniture and more
  • Staples: $5 Off $25 or More In-Stores with Coupon

Clothing, Accessories

  • Hot Topic: Clearance- $7.99 and under. 50 percent additional off clearance. $10 off on denim.
  • The Children's Place: Save an extra 50 percent off fall clearance, 30 percent off all outerwear & cold weather accessories and 25 percent off dressy collection.
  • Aeropostale — $10 Hoodies; Buy One, Get One Jeans; 25 percent Off Your Purchase withCoupon or Online w/Code: 25FALLFLING
  • Coldwater Creek: Additional 50 percent Off Outlet + Free Shipping with Code: WFP5473
  • Express: $15 Off Every $75 You Spend with Coupon or Online with Code: 1910; Tops & Sweaters, Buy One Get One for $19.50 
  • Gap: 30 percent Off Your Purchase with Code: GAPCOLOR
  • Amazon.com: Additional 30 percent Off Columbus Day Styles of Jewelry

Home: Furniture, Beds, Accessories

  • Sleep Number: 25 percent off All Markdowns at Haywood Mall
  • Macy's: Columbus Day Furniture and Mattress Sale; limited-time specials
  • Kirkland's: $10 Off Your Purchase of $50+ with Coupon


  • Kay Jewelers: 10 - 60 percent Off Storewide! $100 instant reward for every $300 you spend!


  • Best Buy: Columbus Day Sales Event on Appliances

Sporting Goods

  • REI: 20 percent Off One Full Price Item for Members with Coupon or Code: FALLMEM12


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