The U.S. Department of State and most embassies and consulates will be closed on Monday, October 12th for Columbus Day. The Fastport Passport team will still be available for any passport, visa, and international driving permit related questions and assistance. Unfortunately since the Department of State will be closed, there will not be any passport being issued on Monday. Most government offices and many banks are also closed. The Postal Service doesn’t deliver mail on Columbus Day, however FedEx still delivers. We only use FedEx for our outgoing shipping, however we will not be receiving any passports from the U.S. Department of State on Monday due to their closure.
Columbus Day is annually celebrated on the second Monday of October, though until 1971 it was celebrated on October 12th. Somewhat controversial in recent years, this day marks the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on October 12, 1492. The holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples through the Americas.While recognized and celebrated for hundreds of years, Columbus Day did not become a federal holiday until 1937.