Labor Day Marks the End of Summer and Honors America’s Workers
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).
- The 38th Annual Labor Day Family Picnic, Saturday, Aug. 31
Columbia Park, Lafayette, IN
11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M
Free Park rides, zoo, games & prizes. Live Music. Kroozers Car Show. Food.
Rock Climbing Wall. Face Painting, balloons and clowns. IBEW Dunk Tank. Everyone is invited.
- Mosey Down Main Street
August 31, 6 – 11 pm
Main Street, Lafayette, IN
Join in the community wide street celebration brought to you by downtown business owners, artists and musicians and volunteers. It’s a free family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street in downtown Lafayette.Enjoy three stages of music, outdoor food, beer and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and handmade Hula hoops, Drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, balloon animals and more.
- Lafayette Citizen’s Band Labor Day Concert, Monday, Sept. 2
Lafayette Jeff High School; Show begins at 7:00 P.M.
The Lafayette Citizen’s Band will be performing an inspirational program at the Lafayette Jeff performing arts center. Come enjoy a special evening of classical and contemporary music.
- 7th Earl Park Fall Festival (Earl Park, IN) August 30 – September 2
Known for its free family entertainment including: Truck & Tractor Pull; Demolition Derby; Parade; Car Show; Softball Tournament; Horseshoe Tournament; Pedal Tractor Pull; Mud Volleyball, and more!For a schedule of events go to Earl Park Fall Festival.
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.