Franklin Park off East Broad Street was transformed into a horticultural exposition that rivaled both Disney's EPCOT and World's Fair.
But this year, the explorer's namesake city in OH is saving a little money: Columbus has canceled its observation of Columbus Day altogether.
Since it is a federal holiday, there is no mail on Columbus Day and post offices are closed. As with the old holiday, government offices, courts, banks and many businesses were closed.
Instead, city officials have chosen instead to celebrate another federal holiday, Veteran's Day on November 12, a day during which the city normally remains open because it would require a paid holiday for all city employees.
But the proclamations from the last two presidents couldn't be more different. There are also protestors though, and they don't think this should be a holiday at all and they want people in Pueblo to stop recognizing Columbus. "We thought that was something that was important".
Today, Columbus Day is not celebrated at all.
Columbus Day was first recognized as a USA federal holiday in 1937, but some states (Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota) do not observe the holiday, which is widely controversial because of Columbus' treatment of indigenous people.
Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October, is one of 10 federal holidays recognized by the US government.
Columbus Day can be confusing when it comes to knowing what is open and what is closed.
"Today we celebrate Native American communities, & the pride & resilience of people reclaiming their history & traditions". Not everyone is on-board with honoring Columbus.
Oh, and Obama also acknowledged that Columbus' "discovery" of the Bahamas was a mistake, something Trump would never do because his favorite defense is claiming "I meant to do that all along" and then blaming the media for blowing the thing out of proportion. City leaders changed the holiday a few years ago after concerns about Christopher Columbus's treatment of native people.
The day-long commemoration began with a sunrise ceremony by native American residents, some in traditional dress, followed by a 5-kilometre run through downtown led by City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, himself a member of the Wyandotte Nation who grew up in Oklahoma.
So what did Columbus really do?
The NYC Indigenous Peoples Day celebration 2018 is free and open to all.
This year, the Monday observance of Columbus Day falls on October 8.
"If you're mayor of a city and its name is Columbus, why wouldn't you capitalize on that?"