Millions are currently enjoying a day off to commemorate Labor Day which has been a national holiday in the USA and Canada since 1894.
Labor Day is always on the first Monday of September and is a tribute to all the working men and women. The day also typically symbolizes the last day of summer on the onset of fall. The origins of Labor Day are disputed with some believing that a union machinist called Matthew Maguire proposed the first national holiday. Some believe that Peter J. McGuire suggested the dedicated day after watching a festival held elsewhere.
Whatever the origins, most will enjoy the day off, apart from those that work in retail of course, by meeting up with friends and family. Other popular fall vacation pastimes include viewing the colorful fall foliage, visiting a winery, attending local events, state fairs, parades, fireworks and festivals. Most cities and towns will be holding their own celebrations with barbeques, live music and entertainment for all the family. As part of the long weekend many choose to getaway either on a long weekend city break, beach stay or countryside cottage. Labor Day also marks the start of the NFL season in the US.
By Julie Bowman