5 Columbus Day Songs

Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. To celebrate this historic event, people often sing songs about Columbus and his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. This page contains five fun and easy Columbus Day songs for children that can be sung to familiar tunes. From sailing the ocean blue to landing in America in 1492, these catchy songs will help kids learn about Columbus’ journey while having fun singing together. Celebrate Columbus Day and early American history with these five kid-friendly Columbus Day songs.

Columbus Sailed The Ocean 

Original Author: Unknown

Sung to: “Pop! Goes the Weasel”

All around the great wide world,
Columbus sailed the ocean
To prove the world was big & round
That’s real devotion!

When You Sailed Our Way 

Original Author: Unknown

Sung to: “Sailing, Sailing.”

Columbus, Columbus, sailed across the sea,
And found a very special land
That belongs to you & me.
Columbus, Columbus, we celebrate your day,
In fourteen hundred & ninety-two
When you sailed our way.

Columbus Day 

Original Author: Unknown

Sung to: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
Ocean blue, ocean blue.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
In fourteen-ninety-two.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
Ocean blue, ocean blue.
I enjoy making discoveries, too.
How about you?

Oh, Columbus 

Original Author Unknown

Sung to: “Oh, My Darling Clementine.”

Oh, Columbus; oh, Columbus,
Sailed the ocean wide & blue.
He landed in America,
In fourteen ninety-two.


Original Author: Unknown

With our toilet paper tube telescopes we sing:
Sung to: “Row row row your boat”

Sail, Sail, Sail your ship
Sail it night and day.
Look for land, look for land
All along the Way.

When someone points and yells, “I see land” we all stop singing and look.
That child describes what the land looks like and what might be on the shore.

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