On Monday, September 7, 2015, the United States celebrates Labor Day. As noted in the Department of Labor’s online History of Labor Day:
“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”
Ironically, the majority of the nation’s workers celebrate “the American worker” by not going to work. But not all of them.
Those Who Are Laboring on Labor Day
While government offices, banks, schools, libraries, and nearly all public and private industrial, manufacturing, or service businesses are closed for the Labor Day holiday, there are a number of businesses that purposely remain open in order to help the rest of us celebrate in style!
Restaurants - Nearly all restaurants will be open on Labor Day to provide a perfect environment for family and friends to get together and enjoy good food and company during their day off.
Airports/Bus Stations/Taxis/Gas Stations – Labor Day weekend is a busy time in the travel industry as family and friends get together from all over the country.
Amusement Parks – Nothing fills a beautiful Labor Day afternoon with the family like a chance to ride the roller coasters and regret that third helping of fried dough.
National Parks – Unlike the rest of the government positions, National Parks are kept open on Labor Day because the weather is perfect in most of the country for afternoon cookouts and camping overnight.
Grocery/Retail Stores – Although smaller, private stores may close or maintain shorter hours on the holiday, major chain groceries, retail stores, and malls will be open most – if not all – day ensuring you can get what you need to fuel your day of family fun.
So what’s the point of this list?
Simply this: As you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend this year, take a moment to raise your glass of iced tea or beer in honor of the millions of American workers who don’t have the day off so that the rest of us can enjoy our holiday even more.
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