Ways to Celebrate Labor Day 2017
Ah, it’s Labor Day. You’re probably relaxing and enjoying an extra day off of work. Maybe you’ll stay out until the late hours and sleep this Monday away, maybe you’ve thrown a backyard BBQ, or perhaps you are purchasing some brand new home furnishings as part of a huge “Labor Day Sales Event.” Whatever you’re doing, take a moment to appreciate the history of this extra day off work.
Labor Day wasn’t always the national holiday that we know of today. On September 5, 1882, thousands of workers in New York City took a day off of work to declare that “Labor creates all wealth” and “Eight Hours for Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for What We Will.” The movement for a day recognizing the hard work of so many Americans began growing in cities across the United States. After 12 years, in 1894, the national holiday of Labor Day was signed into legislation by Grover Cleveland.
Instead of just relaxing at the pool for one last day, consider a few ways to actually recognize the holiday for what it is – a day celebrating the hard workers of the United States. Some more creative ways to celebrate this holiday might include:
Celebrating goods made by manufacturers and artisans from the USA.
- If you are planning to purchase any gifts for upcoming events or holidays, consider doing the shopping on Labor Day (for sales!) and purchasing American made products.
If you’re throwing a party, throw an all-white one!
- Since it’s not cool to wear white after Labor Day, encourage your guests to wear all white as you say goodbye to the season! You could even use white decor and serve white foods for an added touch.
Give back to those working on the holiday!
- Chances are that your local firefighters and police officers are still working during this holiday. Consider dropping off a batch of cookies or box of donuts or other snacks to those who are still laboring on this day of rest.
Use the day to celebrate a cause that’s important to you!
- Since it’s the official last weekend of summer before school & extracurricular activities take over your life, consider using the day to do a little volunteer work in your community. Is there a nearby food pantry? Set up your home as the dropping point for a Labor Day canned food drive. Is there a local Labor Day event that benefits a community organization that you or your family can volunteer for? As a worker, is there a piece of workplace legislation you’d love to get passed? Think about legislation about family leave or higher minimum wage – do those appeal to you? Take some time on Labor Day to share your thoughts with legislators.
Make sure you take time to relax and celebrate the day with family and friends. Enjoy some time outside of the workplace to do something that fulfills you and make the most of the day!