Happy Labor Day 2021!

Monday, September 6, 2021, is Labor Day, the beloved federal holiday often seen as a turning point from Summer into Fall, and that serves as a respite after the first few weeks of hectic school. Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882, proposed by the Central Labor Union, and was officially recognized as occurring on the first Monday in September just two years later. Past decades have seen Labor Day celebrated with parades in honor of various unions around the country, and the holiday served as a reminder that the first day of school was just ahead. Today, schools have usually started back by the middle of August, and parades are less common now that the holiday is so widely recognized.

This isn’t to say that Labor Day goes without fun and frolic, however. On the federal side, many government officials and state employees give Labor Day addresses in various communities. On a more personal note, Americans families see Labor Day as a welcome break and much needed long weekend, often spending time on short vacations, cooking out with friends, or, as we often see in East Tennessee, spending much of the holiday in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Be sure to get your fill of Summer this Labor Day, as Fall is coming quickly!

Source: Jake Depew, Assistant Editor