Here’s what’s closed today:

  • all government offices
  • schools
  • the post office (There is no mail delivery, except Express Mail.)
  • most banks

LIRR and Suffolk County buses follow a regular weekday schedule.

Riverhead municipal trash pickup follows its regular schedule.

What’s open:

  • Riverhead Free Library
  • New York Stock Exchange

Columbus Day, Oct. 12, was made a federal holiday by an act of Congress in 1934.

In 1971, with the federal Monday Holiday Act, the observance of the holiday was changed to the second Monday in October.

Today’s weather forecast, which calls for rain and thunderstorms throughout the day, may ease the legendary Columbus Day traffic jams that have beset local roadways in recent years, as visitors head to the North Fork to pick pumpkins and apples and enjoy corn mazes and wineries.

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