Labor Day – What is it?

Labor Day is a federal holiday that is always celebrated on the first Monday of September.  This federal holiday was created to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.  That’s right, the government made a law to have citizens take the day off and celebrate the work they do.  Thank you Uncle Sam, we need a break from work this time of year.

Even though summer does not end until September 21, 2012 many Americans consider Labor Day the end of summer.  In regions of the country where winter means snow it is usually the last hurrah of the season.  Traditionally there are parades, picnics, fireworks, barbeques and water activities.  It is also the time when wearing white is supposed to be stopped for the season, which means I have to go shopping.

Although I am not one that enjoys shopping, I do like discounts though and there are some great deals this Labor Day weekend.  If you are going to hit the stores look for summer items like lawn furniture and grilles, the stores need the room for the end of year holidays and discounts are pretty steep.  If you are into fashion you will be happy to hear that the major clothing stores are offering pretty good discounts on both end of season and fall / winter clothing.

So enjoy yourself and have a great Labor Day however you celebrate it.