Natick observes Columbus Day on the second Monday in October, as does the state of Massachusetts. but as you probably know, what the holiday is called all over the map is, well, all over the map.
More below on why towns, cities, and states across the country have changed the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day—and when Natick might do so.
Here’s what you need to know about the day
Natick’s Recycling Center will be closed.
Natick town buildings and offices will not be conducting business.
The Morse Institute and Bacon Free Libraries will be closed.
Regular Town of Natick schedules will resume on Tuesday, October 10. Please check the Town of Natick website for specific hours.
All are invited to attend Newton’s Indigenous Peoples Day Ceremonial Celebration on Monday, Oct. 9, 11am-5pm, at Albemarle Field, Newton. More information here.
Why the change to Indigenous Peoples Day in places beyond Natick?
Celebrating Christopher Columbus Day has fallen out of favor over the past few decades due to pressure from Native Americans and their allies who say the the explorer’s well-documented human rights abuses make him an unsuitable candidate for celebration.
At the state level, it’s still Columbus Day, but moves are afoot to change that.
At the federal level, proclamations were issued in 2021 and 2022 declaring the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Additional proclamations were issued declaring the day also be recognized as Columbus Day. So Oct. 9 is a shared holiday. It remains Columbus Day on the official calendar of federal holidays.
Nearby, Wellesley has observed Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October since 2021
As for when Natick might make a change, the issue of formally recognizing Indigenous Peoples’s Day has been discussed at Natick School Committee meetings. Currently, school calendars list the holiday as “Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.”