It’s 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 and its Nelson Physical Activity Center – are all closed. 

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

      Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will take part in two Labor Day parades, one at Omaha’s Septemberfest and the other in Schuyler. 

     Ricketts’ Labor Day message begins by pointing out that today is exactly 18 months since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Nebraska and that “the Good Life is thriving thanks to the determination of hardworking Nebraskans.”

    The governor says Nebraska “powered through the pandemic by working hard and looking after one another. Nurses, doctors, and so many other medical professionals have stepped up to provide care to Nebraskans.”  

     Ricketts also praises the state’s farm and ranch families, saying they “once again showed their grit and endurance during the pandemic by raising the crops and livestock we need to feed the world,” and he celebrates small businesses that “found creative ways to keep moving forward and serving their customers.”

       He concludes by saying he and his family wish everyone a restful Labor Day while encouraging those who are traveling to buckle up and stay alert behind the wheel so that they all make it home safely.”

     Law enforcement agencies around the country remain out in force for the final day of the latest installment of the Drive Sober or Pull 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. 

      Today is also the last day of the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

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