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8 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

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Labor Day – it’s an all-American holiday, typically marked by a day off from work, barbecues, picnics and relaxing with family and friends – but do you know why we celebrate?

The annual holiday marks more than the end of summer. Labor Day traces its roots back to 1894 to honor working people, recognize their contributions to society, and give them one last chance for a family trip to the beach or a cookout before summer’s end.

Today, many people celebrate Labor Day with weekend getaways, backyard barbecues and outings to parks and lakes. Here are some ideas to celebrate Labor Day this year:

Put out your patriotic colors:

Show your pride and appreciation for American workers by displaying the good old red, white and blue with garden flags or an American flag on your home. If you have a party, stock up on paper goods like table covers, plates and cups in patriotic colors from the discount or dollar store.

Bake and share:

Bake a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies or a sheet cake and drop it off at your local police or fire station. The sweet surprise will show your appreciation for public servants who are working while many have the day off.

Enjoy special treats:

Put your creative thinking cap on to create patriotic-themed desserts for your Labor Day get-together. Try homemade popsicles made with blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Have a cookie or cupcake decorating station with white icing and sprinkles. If you have a steady hand, decorate a cake with red and blue berries in the shape of the stars and stripes.

Do a good deed:

Use the day off to do a good deed. Visit veterans at a nursing home. Volunteer at a pet shelter. Gather a group to do landscaping at a non-profit with limited resources.

Organize a beautification project:

Gather with family members or friends to do a beach clean-up or head to the nearest park to help with invasive plant removal or an upkeep project like painting or cleaning.

Host a Labor Day party:

Invite your best buds to a backyard get-together. Consider inviting some retirees who would enjoy an outing but don’t have an active social network. Ask everyone to bring their favorite dish.

Attend community festivities:

Many towns and cities have parades, festivals and concerts to honor American workers and their contributions to society. Pack a cooler and don’t forget to wear your red, white and blue.

Get ready for football:

The end of summer and the Labor Day holiday typically mark the beginning of football season. Support your local high school, college or pro-football team by attending a game and cheering on the home team.

Make your Labor Day holiday meaningful by celebrating with family, friends or for a cause you support. Have a relaxing and enjoyable day!

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