Why Columbus Day?

Columbus most likely landed around the Virgin Islands, not what is now the Unites States of America. Furthermore, he was nowhere near the first to discover the new world, although there were reported relatively few virgins on the island. I see no reason for it to be a U.S. holiday, nor a reason to care that it is one.
StrictSouthernHOH StrictSouthernHOH
41-45, M
Dec 4, 2012