Discover what's happening during the 2021 Columbus Day 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.
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At this this time, New Jersey has lifted all COVID-19 Restrictions.
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280 Grove St
The U.S. National Anthem will be played followed by Italy's National Anthem. Italian Flag raising from City Hall balcony can be viewed in front of City Hall Plaza.
West Milford Autumn Lights Festival
Saturday October 9, 2021; 10am - 5pm
Union Valley Rd
West Milford, NJ
The Autumn Lights Festival first started 20 years ago as a celebration to West Milford for getting its first traffic light! In the beginning it was just the town gathering on the lawn of Town Hall.
Today it has grown to a street fair that has over 300 vendors, live music, child activities, games and rides. With about 20,000 'ALFers' that visit throughout the day.
Crystal Springs Music Fest
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Crystal Springs Resort
3 Wild Turkey Way
Enjoy live music under the tent by local sensations plus talent from across the U.S. and Latin America. Your favorite drinks, tasty food choices and fun lawn games await in a casual outdoor setting surrounded by spectacular foliage. There will also be food trucks; a full premium bar with themed cocktails, wine and beer; bourbon tastings; and lawn games. street fair that has over 300 vendors, live music, child activities, games and rides. With about 20,000 'ALFers' that visit throughout the day.