Columbus Day Weekend in Miami 2019

Columbus Day celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas on October 12, 1492, and is observed in the United States on the second Monday of October. Columbus Day is a bank holiday and this year will be on Monday, October 14, 2019.

Columbus Day Weekend happens to be a huge boating opportunity in Miami, with several boating events throughout the city. Many locals participate in the Columbus Day Regatta races taking place on the Biscayne Bay. There is also a weekend-long festival called the Broward One Carnival which is a celebration of all things the Caribbean. From food and live music performances to a pageant and band parade, this festival has something to offer the whole family!

Did you know? The first celebration of Columbus’ arrival to the Americas took place in New York City in 1866 although the day wasn’t officially declared a federal holiday until 1934.

Through the years, the event has given way to a massive Mardi Grass-like boating party that has drifted towards the banks of Elliot Key for a weekend jammed with boaters on (and in) the water, loud music, heavy drinking and the clothing-optional everything-goes crowd.

The Elliott Key revelry is NOT part of the Regatta activities. So be sure you understand these are two separate events, even though they are both taking place in the waters of Biscayne Bay.