Labor Day

When you think of Labor Day, many things may come to mind: "don't wear white after Labor Day", a day to sleep in, back to school, or your annual camping trip.

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the first Monday in September. Or as some mark it, the last holiday of summer vacation before the starting of school. A chance for families to get away for a long weekend, celebrated with barbecues, parades, festivities, and beach parties. The transition from summer into fall. And the opening of NFL football, playing their fist game the Thursday after Labor Day Monday.

Labor Day celebrates the "contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
This holiday originally originated in Canada when an uproar occurred out of labor disputes in the 1870s. In 1882, American labor leader, Pete J. McGuire, witnessed one of these labor festivals in Canada and took it back to New York to organize the first American labor day on September 5, 1882. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday of every September a national holiday to prevent further conflicts with labor strikes. This date has also been adopted by Canada as well. Back in the day, it used to be represented more with speeches and political demonstrations. Today, it is more of a day of rest and relaxation for the working population.

Allowing for a three day weekend, some places will be closed including the Post Office, courthouses, libraries, banks, and almost all schools. There will be no garbage pickup or mail. Most department stores will be open, celebrating this holiday with sales.

Ideas for Labor Day:
-Beach Picnic- soaking up the last days of the hot summer fun
-Neighborhood Block Party- pull out the barbecue and enjoy with neighbors and family
-Plan a short camping trip or day trip- take advantage of everyone having the day off and go away for a short vacation or take a day trip

When is Labor Day?
September 7, 2009
September 6, 2010
September 5, 2011
September 3, 2012

So whether you stay at home or go out of town, it is nice to have a three day weekend.