Columbus Day in New Jersey

2016 Celebrations, Parades, and Popular Events

Columbus Day Weekend

Discover what's happening during the Columbus Day 20156 weekend with celebrations of parades, events and festivals in New Jersey.

Columbus Day celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas, on October 12, 1492, or as some historians claim, that event set in motion the chain of events that led to the discovery of the United States as we know it today.

With a large immigration of Catholics during the mid-19th century and in response to discrimination from anti-immigrant activists, most notably the Ku Klux Klan, Catholics created organizations to combat discrimination and provide a means of survival for struggling immigrants.

The Knights of Columbus who chose that name in part because they viewed Christopher Columbus, a Catholic as the icon of the struggle of Catholic immigrants and their pursuit of citizenship.

Today many Italian-Americans and Italian-American organizations such as the Sons of Italy and the Italian-American Association observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage.

The first known celebration of Columbus Day began in New York City, a city with a large Catholic population, occurred on October 12, 1866.

Columbus Day was first celebrated as a holiday in the United States as a result of the efforts of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver. In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set aside October 12 as Columbus Day and a Federal holiday.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

New Jersey 2016 Columbus Day Parades and Festivals

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Northern New Jersey 2016 Columbus Day Parades and Festivals

Jersey City Columbus Day Parade
Saturday, October 8, 2016; 1pm
The parade starts at 6th & Newark, goes east to Grove Street, right on Grove and comes to an end City Hall with a street fair celebration

2016 Central Jersey Columbus Day Parades and Festivals

Spring Lake Columbus Day Italian Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Spring Lake Business District (Third Avenue)
Italian Specialties Food Court on Morris, Music throughout the downtown. Best Meatball Contest - Pizza Eating Contest - Bocce Ball Cooking demonstrations on Jersey - Cookbook on sale! Juried Art Walk throughout the business district.

Hightstown Harvest Fair
Saturday, October 8, 2016; 10am to 4pm, Rain or Shine
Downtown Hightstown, NJ
This community street fair has grown to be the highlight of the community sponsored events. There is a diverse group of entertainment and vendors filling the downtown business district and adjoining Memorial Park. There are five stages as well as strolling entertainment, keep the crowd entertained throughout the day. They have a Children's Area with inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, clowns, juggler, vendors and a stage with children oriented and educational entertainment. The Fair has many entertaining specialties such as pedal boats and dragon boats on the lake, Chili Tasting contest, mechanical bull riding, motorcycles, antique cars, operating model train displays, Trolley Rides, and of course the Ducky Derby to end the day.

2016 South Jersey Columbus Day Parades and Festivals

Annual Sea Isle City Italian-American Festival and Columbus Day Parade
October 8th, 2016; 10:00 am until dusk
609-263-4 461 x 1230 or 609-263-6341
The Parade starts at 2:00 pm in front of the Italian-American Club and ventures down Landis Avenue and ends at KIX-McNutley's, 63rd Street where the Italian Festival will be happening.

Ocean County Columbus Day Parade & Italian Street Festival
Friday, October 7th, 4:00pm to 10:00pm Saturday, October 8th, 10:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, October 9th, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Grant Avenue from Bay Blvd. to Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, N.J
Website- Schedule of events
This 3 day event is a celebration Italian Heritage Culminating with the Annual Columbus Day Parade. A fun filled weekend of food, friends, and Italian Culture. The Parade will be held on Sunday at 1 pm, on the Boulevard from J Street to Sampson Avenue

Atlantic City Columbus Day Weekend Comedy Festival
October 8, 9, 2016
Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Website (tickets)
Attendees will experience hilarious, side-splitting humor from some of the nations most noted, critically acclaimed comedians. The all-star line-up features comedians Sheryl Underwood, Gary Owen, Arnez J, Tony Rock, Joe Clair, Mike Epps, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Jay Pharaoh, and Buck Wild


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