Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day

The end of summer. Last barbeques and pool parties. A long, holiday weekend. Parades, picnics, and fireworks. The last hurrah before everyone is officially in school mode.

Labor conjures these thoughts and memories, but why do we really celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894, originally stemming from the Central Labor Union wanting to provide a special holiday for workers. We work hard all year long and deserve a much needed break, specifically with a focus to reflect on our accomplishments and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Ways to Celebrate The Fruits of Your Labor for Labor Day

What has work been holding you back from this year? Taking a vacation? Being a local tourist? Having a weekend without being glued to your email? Make Labor Day weekend the weekend you actually break free from work and pursue whatever it is you’ve been dreaming about.

But, what do you do if you have to work on Labor Day?

While government offices, banks, and most corporations close their doors for Labor Day, not every workplace does. For example, restaurants, hotels, and retail stores stay open to take advantage of the extra shopping day. Even if you can’t take the whole weekend off, there are things you can do to celebrate the holiday. The list below contains ideas for celebrating throughout the weekend.

  • Make a list of accomplishments that you’re proud of and reflect over it throughout the weekend. Celebrate the hard work that you’ve done with your closest friends and family.

  • Celebrate the accomplishments of your coworkers by recognizing their hard work. A simple but genuine hand written note is a great way to show your appreciation and admiration.

  • Recognize the work accomplishments of your family members. Take the time to find out what they are most proud of and do something special to show them you are proud of them. It doesn’t have to be on Labor Day - you can make them feel special any day!

How will you be celebrating Labor Day? We’d love to hear your creative ideas.

Posted on August 30, 2017 .