Happy Labor Day

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday. There’s no mail delivery and government offices, financial institutions, and schools – including Chadron State College – are all closed.

The Chadron City Council meeting normally held the first Monday of the month will be tomorrow night instead.

      Labor Day marks 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. 

         A pair of Labor Day Weekend events in our area wrap up today – Rushville Fun Days, which ends with a golf tournament, and the 34th annual Crawford Rock Show in City Park with vendors and a free field trip at 8:00 AM to area agate gravel beds. The Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and South Dakota State Fair in Huron end today.

      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 Massachussets. 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.

Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts, in his Labor Day message, says Nebraskans are known for their work ethic with the highest labor force participation in the nation. “We celebrate the hardworking women and men who contribute their sweat and ingenuity to enrich our state and country.”

      Ricketts goes on to say “it is the working people of this state who have helped us power through historic flooding last year, and the ongoing pandemic this year. With our grit and determination, we will get Nebraska growing.”

      U-S Senator Deb Fischer issued a similar Labor Day message, saying while we honor all the hard-working men and women in the county, she’s “especially grateful for the health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees, truckers, ag workers, and more who have all shown such commitment” during the pandemic.

     Law enforcement agencies around the country remain out in force for the final day of the latest installment of the You Drink & Drive. You Lose anti-drunk driving campaign, now titled Drive Sober or Pull Over.