For the first time, the city will celebrate Coast Salish Day on the day federally recognized as Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12.
There will be a celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall, 210 Lottie St., that will include speakers and performers from Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, and Bellingham City Council.
“It’s going to be an incredible experience that people won’t want to miss,” said Roxanne Murphy, the Bellingham City Council member who helped propose the change last year to honor local tribes.
Bellingham joins other cities that have changed the holiday to recognize Native Americans, including Seattle, which will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year.
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Washington is one of several states that do not celebrate Columbus Day as a legal holiday. Banks and federal government offices are typically closed for the federal holiday. Bellingham city offices will be open.