Despite the controversy over its origins and name, Columbus Day remains a state and federal holiday. What does Columbus Day — this year falling on Oct. 8 — mean for daily life in and around Champaign-Urbana? It’s a mixed bag.
Most area public school districts are not in session. Mahomet-Seymour, Unit 7 Schools (Tolono/Sidney/Philo etc.), St. Joseph, Champaign Unit 4, and Urbana 116 will ALL be closed this year on Columbus Day.
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What else you need to know about Columbus Day 2018 in Champaign-Urbana:
Government offices: Federal, state, and county administrative offices are CLOSED; City of Urbana as well as City of Champaign offices are OPEN.
University of Illinois: In session.
Postal service: All post offices will be closed.
Courts: Federal, state and county closed.
Banks: Varies by the bank, but many are closed or have limited services.
U.S. Stock Exchange: Open.
Transit: CUMTD will operate on regular weekday schedules.
Parking: Columbus Day is NOT a city holiday in Champaign or Urbana. Parking meters should be paid as usual.
Museums: Spurlock Museum is always closed on Mondays, as is the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum and Champaign County History Museum. Open: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Krannert Art Museum, Anita Purves Nature Center. All are free and open to the public.
If you are looking for other things to do on Columbus Day with your family (swim, skate, nature and more) check out our events calendar!