I’ve never really understood the purpose of Labor Day.
I thought a visit to the US Department of Labor website would help. But, the “what it really means section” wasn’t much help.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. (Read more.)
It’s a Federal Holiday and a State Holiday – no mail and no banking, unless you work online and if that’s the case the mail runs 24/7 and the bank is always open. 😉
It’s a three day weekend and here in the US many people take advantage of the opportunity and slip away for a final summer fling.
Maybe that’s the real purpose of it now – an opportunity to say “goodbye” to Summer and shift gears as we transition from the easy going months of fun in the sun to the hard, gritty, cold reality of life as we live it the other 9 months of the year.
Or, maybe it’s a harbinger of what’s to come…Fall Harvest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Celebration!
An end, or a beginning. I guess it’s all in the way you look at it.
Either way, for many it’s a day away from the office and an opportunity to catch up on work at home or elsewhere.
I suppose, from the looks of my to-do list, Labor Day is the best name for it!