Today is Labor Day, a national holiday. There’s no mail delivery and government offices, financial institutions, and schools – including Chadron State College and its Nelson Physical Activity Center – are all closed.
The Chadron Public Library is also closed and the Chadron City Council meeting normally held the first Monday of the month will be tomorrow instead.
Law enforcement agencies around the country remain out in force for the final day of the latest installment of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over anti-drunk driving campaign.
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City by the local Central Labor Union on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.
Two years later, the “workingmen’s holiday” was moved to the first Monday in September, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
Oregon was the first state to make it a legal holiday in 1887…followed later that year by New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Massachusetts.
Nebraska, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania had followed by 1890 and 23 other states had acted by 1894 when Congress made it a legal holiday in the territories and the District of Columbia.
Despite its historical ties to the labor movement, Labor Day is now best known as marking the unofficial end of summer and the start of fall.
Most tourist activities at state parks wrap up their seasons today, and most tourist attractions, including national parks, go to fall or off-season hours tomorrow.