Labor Day is an annual public holiday that is celebrated to honor the working class, on the first Monday of September. Many of us get the work day off, however there are millions of others who do not get Labor Day off because they have to continue working to keep the utilities flowing, keep citizens safe, and many more reasons. Labor Day was a creation of the labor movement, more specifically the eight-hour day movement which advocated for 8-hour work days, and is dedicated to commend the social and economic achievements of American workers. It was intended to be a tribute to the hard work the working class has contributed to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
If you have Labor Day off, you may be thinking to yourself how do people celebrate Labor Day, or if they even do celebrate it. Therefore, below are a few different ideas on how you can celebrate and honor workers this year on September 3, 2018.
Bake a batch of cookies for your local fire or police station
These are some of the workers that are unable to get off on Labor Day because they are essential to protecting the people and keeping society running smoothly. Dropping off a sweet treat, or just stopping by to say hello and thank you can mean the world to them. If you are worried about not getting any time to take for yourself that day, don’t fret, because you can take a quick trip down to the station empty handed just to let them know how much you appreciate them and all that they do for you and the community. After that, you can take the rest of the day to celebrate you. Therefore, this year try to celebrate other working Americans, even if it is just for a couple of minutes or something very simple, and not just commemorate yourself.
Have a BBQ and relax
You can invite your friends, family, neighbors, and whoever else to come stop by and hang out. It is a great way to get people together and to honor and celebrate all of the hard work you all have done throughout the year. If you are worried about cost, consider having a potluck. You can provide just a few things and ask other guests to bring something along. When deciding on the time and day you are wanting to have the BBQ, it is important to consider a few things. If you decide to have your BBQ on a Monday, you might want to think about having the BBQ later in the afternoon, therefore if someone has work they can still make it to the party and celebrate with the rest of you.
What better way to celebrate your hard work then to treat yourself? Take the day to pamper yourself however that might be. You can go get your nails done, get a back massage, or just have home remedies of beauty treatments and relaxation. If you don’t want to celebrate it alone, invite some of your favorite girls and/or guys to spend some quality time together and to celebrate each other. You can get together at your house, or at a chic hotel if you want. Some fun things you can all do together are facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, and even makeovers. However, you don’t just have to get pampered, you can do whatever you want that makes you relaxed because the day is about you.
This Labor Day, challenge yourself to briefly research Labor Day to get a good understanding of what the holiday is and why we celebrate it every year, and try giving back to your community and the other workers that reside, and treat yourself. There are many other ways you can celebrate Labor Day and these listed above are just a few popular ones.