PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today is Columbus Day, which is a federal holiday, and in Philadelphia all city buildings and services are closed. A lot of people are wondering why the city still observes the holiday, especially since over the summer they boxed up the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philly.4 Dead, 2 Injured After Shootings At 2 Different Locations In Wilmington, Delaware
It turns out, all city holidays are tied to the collective bargaining agreements made between the mayor’s office and the city’s four municipal unions.READ MORE: Kaylin Johnson, Teen Killed In West Philadelphia Triple Shooting, Remembered As 'Definition Of Freak Athlete'
All of the unions and the mayor’s office would have to agree to a change.MORE NEWS: Man Shot In Parking Lot of Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia Police Say
The current contract expires in June, so it is possible this could be the last Columbus Day in Philadelphia.