Labor Day (Holiday)

Labor Day is a US federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September to commemorate workers, labor unions, and other contributors to the US economy. It is also a 3-day weekend for most Americans.

Summer barbecues and vacation outings are typical ways to celebrate this holiday. It is the final holiday before the summer ends and school begins. There may be public celebrations and fireworks scheduled but with less fanfare than Independence Day.


Traditional Food

  • ♠ Barbecue
  • ♣ Picnic food
  • ♥ Beer

Superstitions

None

Customs

  • ♠ Last summer vacation trips
  • ♣ Beach outing
  • ♥ Barbecue gathering
  • ♦ Picnic

Travel Tips

Labor Day is an observed holiday and 3-day weekend in the USA. Please plan accordingly. Contact businesses directly to find out if they have any special holiday hours.

  • Peak Season for Travel:
    • Make reservations early
    • 3-day extended weekend for most Americans
    • Airfare, car rentals, and lodging may charge premium holiday rates
    • Hotels and other accommodations may require a minimum length of stay
    • Expect early traffic on the Friday as people leave early from work
    • Expect traffic after lunch on Monday as people return home
  • Hours:
    • Non-essential government offices will be closed
    • Most businesses (including groceries and restaurants) will be open but may have limited hours
    • National parks are closed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day
    • Public transportation may have limited hours
  • Road Closures:
    • Roads may be closed ahead of time for parades and other celebrations; they remain closed for an extended period of time afterwards for cleanup 
  • Free Street Parking:
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on federal holidays and federally observed holidays (see meter or street sign)
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on Sundays (see meter or street sign)
  • Sales:
    • Some businesses, especially big department stores, have promotional sales leading up to the holiday

Event Location

Event Timing

  • Date:September 5, 2022