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La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California Labor Day Weekend

Parades. Picnics. Road trips. Beaches. Shopping Mall.

When is Labor Day and how do you celebrate it?

Labor Day is today, Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.

First observed in 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York, it was designated a federal holiday in 1894.

It is observed by all states and the District of Columbia. Government offices, post offices and banks are closed.

Traditionally, schools started their school year the day after Labor Day, though many now start in August and celebrate the three-day Labor Day weekend after the start of school.

Traditionally, also, school districts enrolled first-graders who had reached the age of six by September 1.

Now, school districts vary this requirement with some allowing parental option for birthdays up between September 2 and December 31, others requiring that first-graders reach the age of six years in August.

This may depend on studies of student achievement, parental preference and influence, or the number of students anticipated and capacity of the schools to receive them.

Designed as a holiday to observe the contributions of labor and trade unions, typical celebrations include a parade and picnics.

Many families vacation the week before or during Labor Day weekend, taking advantage of a last chance to go to the beach before school starts.

Often families prepare for school with trips to shopping malls to ensure children have new clothes and supplies for the start of the new school year.

What are your traditions?

Do you shoot off fireworks? Do you save them for the Fourth of July or the New Year?

Do you have a favorite place to picnic?

Do you have a favorite swimming spot? Most pools close after Labor Day.

Does your family gather at a mountain cabin?

Do you make sure children are ready for school or take advantage of this last chance for relaxing warm summer days?

What did you do when you were in school?

Did your Mom make deviled eggs? Brownies? Did you have a favorite place to gather with friends and family?

Start writing down your family traditions to share them with your grandchildren.

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To you and marking the end of the lazy days of summer by relaxing with grandchildren.

Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to  Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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