This year, the first Monday falls late – on September 7th. Because it is so late, many families with children in school already have had a few days to acclimate to new schedules before the long weekend. For some, they have held back returning from vacations and face a boat load of traffic. The airlines alone are expecting over 14 million people in the air this coming weekend (a 3% increase over last year). That’s a whole lot of people struggling to get through the check-in lines!
About 97 percent of US employers provide Labor Day as a paid day off – often considered to be a time to unwind after a busy summer. This means more than 157 million people will be looking for ways to make the most of their last summer hurrah – things like going to country fairs, yard sales or other community events, attending a ball game or concert or taking a last dip at the lake. (It may also be a good time to take in the docks and bring the boats home for winter storage.)
Unfortunately for those in the retail industry, it may just be another work day. Maybe it’s a chance to take advantage of end-of-season sales and to do some school clothes shopping? Chances are the car dealerships will be offering some great buys on last year’s stock so they can make room for the new 2016 models.
Many of us may not know the history of why or when Americans first celebrated Labor Day. The first observance was a parade held on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Interestingly, that was on a TUESDAY – not a Monday. It consisted of over 10,000 trade union members such as bricklayers, jewelers, shoemakers, typographers, Masons, and clothing makers. By 1894 over half of our states had also started to observe this working man’s holiday and so President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as the official (and national) Labor Day.
No matter how you spend Labor Day, it is a day to pay tribute to all of our American workers and their achievements. For this reason, Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc. will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 to give our employees time to enjoy a long weekend and to thank them for all their amazing efforts. Normal hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.