8 Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend Besides Barbecuing

The beloved Labor Day weekend is coming! Every year on the first Monday of September, an eminent time for rest and parting. With the tears of summer lovers, we celebrate the end of summer with wild abandonment. 

Here’s a fun fact, Labor day is not the end of summer; it’s more like “an unofficial end of summer.” A popular belief is that summer ends after Labor day weekend, but it’s a myth. Summer ends until the end of September. 

So what can we do on Labor Day weekend besides barbecuing?

Skimmers Guide

What Can We Do on Labor Day Weekend?

Photographed by Jim Stapleton
Photographed by Jim Stapleton

Book a Brunch Reservation!

If you and your family love brunch, don’t forget to make a reservation early! Check on Facebook or your community forum because some restaurants might have special events for Labor day. If you and your kid are Disneyland fans, Goofy’s Kitchen (usually open at 7 am) can be a brilliant idea for you folks. You’ll be able to get many meet and greets/pictures out of the way as an added bonus.

Visit A Museum or A Zoo

If you have to ask why you should visit museums or zoos, here are the reasons inspired by colleendilen:

  • Museums and zoos make you feel good. …
  • Museums and zoos make you smarter. …
  • Museums and zoos provide an effective way of learning. …
  • Museums and zoos are community centers. …
  • Museums and zoos inspire. …
  • Museums and zoos are a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Take Advantage of Deals

Photographed by PHUOC LE
Photographed by PHUOC LE

Reminder: Seasonal clearance is on! 

If you’re down shopping, here is a list of stores that open on Labor Day. 

There are also a bunch of cyber deals to check on, home and kitchens, mattress and bedding, style and beauty…

Go on Firework Trip

Check for fireworks shows in your place. As I know, there are plenty of places in the U.S that are holding firework displays on Labor Day weekend! Hop inside the crowd and scream your heart out, or take advantage of a free party and simply enjoy the view!

Go Mountain Hike

If you live in a place with a mass of mountains, mountain hiking should be a wise idea.

Here’s a handy checklist for a mountain hike in the last second! 

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Day mountain hike cheklist

Go Fishing!

Hire a guide/boat and make a fishing float trip! 

Float fishing trips eliminate the risk of trying to negotiate rushing water over “greased bowling balls,” logjams and other wading hazards. Anglers can comfortably fish while standing in a drift boat or sitting in a raft and relax to take breaks to enjoy the scenery if they get tired. Quite an excellent way to spend time with family, right?

Go Cycling

Flo Karr photo
Photographed by Flo Karr

I hope you haven’t been out of the exercise as long as I have. But I’ve recently decided to take up cycling as one of my hobbies under my boss’s leadership, technically it can’t hurt!

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Join A Parade

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. And of course you are free to join the celebration for a whole another year of hard work!

What Are We Celebrating on Labor Day?

Red, white and blue decorations on a white fireplace mantle – close-up shot of Americana-esque decor.

Labor Day celebrates the working men and women of our country, and the freedoms that workers enjoy thanks to the American labor movement.

The Very First Labor Movement.

First Monday in Sep 1882. Mattew Magine, a machinist, led the first labor movement because many workers were working in unsafe working conditions, incredibly long working hours, and tarnal low pay. Led by Mattew, large numbers of workers took to the streets. It wasn’t long before the protest caught on around the United States. 

First State that Approved Labor Day As a Holiday.

After 5 years of grueling protests, in 1887, Oregon became the first state to pass the bill of the Labor Day holiday. My hats are off for these studious folks!

How Labor Day Became a Federal Holiday?

Following the Oregon success, workers took a whole 6 years for Labor Day became a national holiday, with a terrible price paid. 

In 1893, the Pullman Car Company, a Chicago Car Company, laid off a large number of employees after a railroad sleeping car order was canceled. Those lucky enough to stay are also facing severe pay cuts.

Eugene Debs, an employee of the Pullman Car Company began to revolt, encouraging riots and accusing the Pullman Car Company of crimes. Six days of smashing and burning, Euguene Debs was charged and jailed.

Then Congress finally decided to push the Labor Day bill forward under social pressure. June 28, 1894 president Grover Celeveland proclaims the first Monday in September. The whole country is off to celebrate Labor Day.

Labor Movement, Where are We Now?

Never too old to re-learn the value of a hard-earned dollar!

People who work hard need to be appreciated and realize they’re making our community and home a better place to be!

Current Federal Minimum Wage

$7.25 per hour

The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour. Many states also have minimum wage laws. In cases where an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages (US Department of Labor)

 According to Life on the minimum wage, written by Emily Stewart, a journalist asked Jordan (a worker who makes minimum wage) in Kentucky about what he thinks would be a fairer wage, one that would make his Life a little easier. He says $10 an hour, though he knows that his coworkers who are older and have kids would need more, like $15 (Vox). We all know that Jordan isn’t the type who asks for much. 

I want to end this article with a quote said by Toni Morrison (A Professor in University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Communication studies department:

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.'"

Labor Day History Powered by Lamicall
Labor Day history info-graphic powered by Lamicall

References

Day hiking checklist. Hiking Checklist: What to Bring on a Hike | REI Co-op. (n.d.). https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html.

historychannel. (2010, September 10). History of the holidays: Labor day | history. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJamea576YY.

Kasiawrites. (2021, March 30). 5 practical reasons why people love to visit museums and keep going back. kasiawrites cultural travel. https://kasiawrites.com/why-do-people-visit-museums/#:~:text=There%20are%20many%20reasons%20why,lived%20and%20expanding%20our%20minds.

Stewart, E. (2021, April 7). Life on the minimum wage. Vox. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22364633/federal-minimum-wage-workers.

YouTube. (2017, August 29). Labor day facts for kids | learning video. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8YrXS-fb1Q.

 
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