Today is Columbus Day, a holiday that commemorates Christopher Columbus's landing in the "New World" (by European standards, anyway) on Oct. 12, 1492. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1937, and in 1971, it was set to the second Monday of every October.
In Johnston, town hall and government buildings (except the police and fire departments), along with local schools, are closed. Trash and recycling collection are delayed one day.
Businesses vary — so when in doubt, call ahead.
Here's a look:
RIPTA Bus Service: a limited holiday schedule is in effect. Click here for details.
Here's the run-down for what's open and closed for the Columbus Day holiday today.
Schools: Johnston Public Schools are closed today.
Government: Johnston Town Hall is closed, as are government offices including Johnston Municipal Court and the Johnston Senior Center.
Businesses: Banks are closed; others vary.
U.S. Post Office: open
Retail stores: Most corporate retail store chains are open, but it’s recommended to call ahead to the locally owned stores. Click here for JohnstonPatch Directory listings.
Restaurants, Fast-Food and Pubs: Most establishments typically open on Mondays are open today; however, some may have special holiday hours or events.