Italian-Americans make-up the largest percentage of Garwood's population and to many of them Columbus Day is meant to commemorate the achievements of the state's largest ethnic group.
According to the Order Sons of Italy in America here are some reasons residents should reflect on Columbus Day:
- Columbus Day recognizes the achievements of a great Renaissance explorer who founded the first permanent European settlement in the New World.
- The arrival of Columbus in 1492 marks the beginning of recorded history in America.
- Columbus Day celebrates the beginning of cultural exchange between America and Europe.
- After Columbus, came millions of European immigrants who brought their art, music, science, medicine, philosophy and religious principles to America. These contributions have helped shape the United States and include Greek democracy, Roman law, Judeo-Christian ethics and the tenet that all men are created equal.
- Columbus Day is one of Americas oldest holidays. The tradition of observing Columbus Day dates back to the 18th century. It was first celebrated on October 12, 1792, when the New York Society of Tammany honored Columbus on the 300th anniversary of his first voyage.
The borough's Lincoln School will close to mark Columbus Day. The borough's library and post office will also be closed.