This coming Monday, September 2nd, Americans will observe “Labor Day”. Many of us will have the day off from work and will spend it relaxing and hopefully enjoying some quiet time. But what is this “Labor Day” all about, and why is it a national holiday? Well, according to Wikipedia (my go-to source for most things) Labor Day is a “United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September, that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike. With the decline in union membership, the holiday is generally viewed as a time for barbeques and the end of summer vacations.”
Wow, so it’s pretty much agreed that this is just a day to sit in your backyard grilling and drinking beer? Well, I’m definitely not going to complain about that! But in addition to the barbeques, there are some other things going on this weekend:
- Unofficial end of summer – As I live in Texas, I know that it’s going to be hot for a while longer. I mean – there’s a good chance I could be wearing shorts on Christmas day here, so saying it’s the “end of summer” is relative where I live. But for some areas of the country Labor Day is the big sendoff for the summer and moves everyone straight into the fall.
- Labor Day sales – many retailers are offering sales for the holiday, so if you’re thinking of making a big purchase (appliances, summer items, etc) keep an eye out for specials. On the flip side – if you work at a retail store, you probably have to work extended hours and deal with larger than usual crowds – so I’m sorry!
- School starts – A lot of schools are already back in session, but for any kids that are still enjoying their summer… this is their one last (long) weekend of freedom.
- Only 1/3 of the year left – that’s right, after this weekend there will only be 4 months left in 2013! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by. I still have personal and financial goals to meet, and I’m sure you have one or two things you said “I’ll get that done in 2013”. Well, that clock is ticking – so get going!
While Labor Day doesn’t really have much meaning like many of the other holidays we celebrate, we can use that as an opportunity to insert our own meaning. For me, It serves as a reminder of how hard I work, but how much harder I need to work if I want to achieve my goals. If I want to be financially independent, location independent, and content – I need to keep working at it. And not only that, I need to kick it up. So I’m hopefully going to use this weekend to kick myself into gear and push forward to the end of the year in an awesome way.
What about you? What are you going to do with your Labor Day weekend? How are you going to use it to setup the rest of your year? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by.