A little background about today's holiday from History.com:
"Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years."
And here's an interesting 4 minute video about Christopher Columbus, the man and the myths: http://www.history.com/topics/columbus-day/videos#christopher-columbus-man-and-myth
Wouldn't it be terrific if the East End had its own holiday celebrating the day Southampton was founded? That day when the first voyage from Lynn, Massachusetts arrived somewhere near Conscience Point, I think in mid-May of 1640? (Postcard Image of Conscience Point Rock Courtesy Eric Woodward Collection) We could call it Founders Day or Settlers Day. We may not get the day off of work, but it would be a great opportunity for all local community organizations to collectively celebrate the bounty, heritage, and history of Long Island's East End in one giant festival type event.