The United States has designated the first Monday in the month of September as Labor Day. The federal holiday signifies summer coming to an end and the beginning of the school year. It is also the third and last of the summer holiday observances, preceded by Memorial Day and Independence Day
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On Feb. 21, 1887, Congress passed a bill approving Labor Day as a legal Holiday, and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. Since it is a federal holiday, federal, state, and local offices and schools will be closed.
This is the day that was set aside to celebrate American workers and all the achievements they have earned throughout the years. Workers are the backbone of our country’s strength and prosperity. GrantWatch recognizes the importance of the labor force and wishes everyone a Happy Labor Day.
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From a peak of 13.8 million Americans relying on federal benefits, the recovery has reduced the number to 9.3 million. Ironically, there are 10 million job openings in the United States, and yet millions are still looking for gainful employment. With the federal pandemic unemployment benefits stopping in many states, 7.5 million recipients will be losing this added benefit. This will leave many looking for employment and in need of retraining through workforce development programs.
With COVID-19, we all witnessed firsthand the dedication, devotion, and passion of brave healthcare and emergency workers in both the private and public sector. They continued to leave their homes to serve the community and do in-person labor and have contributed to all of our well-being. From these frontline workers to the neighborhood grocery clerk, to truck drivers and hospital workers, all workers epitomize the spirit of the Labor Day holiday.
So Long Summer
Hopefully, everyone can take a break from their jobs or job seeking or workforce development training and observe a three-day weekend. Enjoy the waning days of summer, with friends and family.
Here is a list I have put together of some of the activities I like to do during my free time that you might want to give a try:
- Attend a football or baseball game
- Barbecue at a family cookout
- Campout with the kids
- Display your American flag
- Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte
- Frolic on the beach
- Go swimming at a local swimming hole
- Hike or bike a new trail
- Inspect your home before winter
- Jog around the neighborhood
- Kick up your heels
- Listen to a concert in the park
- Motorcycle a mountain road
- Navigate a party pontoon boat
- Organize a family cook-out/grilling event
- Pick apples at an apple orchard
- Question everything
- Ride a bike
- Shop numerous Labor Day sales
- Take a road trip
- Upgrade and landscape your yard
- View a local parade
- Wander new places
- X-ray fluorescence your precious metals
- Yodel on a hilltop
- Zigzag a zip-line
Happy Labor Day 2021!
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