Labor Day for most of us represents two major events … the end of summer and the opportunity to recognize the millions of Americans that go to work every day.
Recognizing Our Workers
Labor Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday in September, honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the growth, strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.
In 1887 Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.
This holiday is still celebrated with parades in many communities honoring American workers.
End of Summer
Labor Day is also seen by many as the “unofficial end of summer” because most schools have begun classes and many fall activities including high school, college and professional sports begin about this time. To mark this occasion many of us take advantage of the long weekend to head for the beach or lake, or plan a family picnic and barbecue.
Special Labor Day Events in the Lafayette Area
In the Greater Lafayette area there are several local activities that can provide your family and friends a chance to enjoy the unofficial last weekend of the summer. (The actual last weekend of summer is September 21-22).
Have Fun, Be Safe
As you travel over the Labor Day weekend we remind you to drive carefully and be extra careful around pools, lakes, hot grills and participating in outdoor activities.