Navigating Holidays In The U.S. : Labor Day

American Holidays as an Expat:

Holidays vary from country to country. Relocating to the United States means learning a new culture and way of life. In the U.S., a major part of the American culture are its’ holidays. Federal holidays are typically observed nationally and often come with days off from work and school. Many retailers often celebrate with major sales events. Take advantage of these holidays as it’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the American lifestyle.

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, is a national holiday that represents the creation of labor movements and is dedicated to the social and economical achievements of American workers. It is a celebration of all the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. Labor Day is also considered by many to be the unofficial end of summer in the United States.

Fun Fact: 

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday!

Traditionally people do not wear white after Labor Day as it unofficially marks the end of Summer.

How to Celebrate like an American:

Today, Labor Day not only represents the last blast of Summer but also signals the beginning of football season and the new school year. The weekend activities are normally filled with athletic events, parades, parties, and barbecues. People also take advantage of the long weekend by going on a getaway trip with friends and family.

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Make sure to drive safe and enjoy every bit of your holiday weekend.


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