Washington, DC honors and celebrates the achievements of Christopher Columbus each year with a national wreath laying ceremony on Columbus Day. Embassies of Italy and Spain and the general public lay wreaths at the base of the Columbus Memorial Statue located at Union Station. The memorial is a large fountain with carvings of a native American, an elderly European, the figure of "Discovery" on the prow of a ship, and a globe. See the following photos of the Columbus Day ceremony and learn more about the annual event.
2013 Details: October 14, 2013, The annual Columbus Day Wreath laying event has been moved because of the government shutdown and will now take place on Monday, October 14 at 11 AM at the Columbus statue at Holy Rosary Church (the Italian parish in DC) at 595 Third St NW Washington DC 20001. There will be food and music to follow at Casa Italiana, 595 1/2 Third St NW National Columbus Celebration Association are organizing it and members of the Knights of Columbus will be participating. With the government shutdown, there very likely will not be an event.
Memorial Location: Union Station Plaza, Massachusetts Ave. & 1st St. Washington DC See a map