Say “Goodbye” to Summer

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.  ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You

In 1894, The US Congress declared the first Monday of September a holiday to honor the working men and women of the country. When it first started, it was celebrated with a parade or meeting for workers. For many years, school started right after Labor Day, although now days schools begin as early as August or late July. So even though it occurs a couple of weeks before the autumnal equinox, it became a natural division between summer and fall. Where I grew up, the public swimming pools always closed after Labor Day, which for me, truly marked the end of summer.

Labor Day is an awesome time to say “goodbye” to summer with the last major cookout of the season. Think of the foods you most closely associate with summer and plan to include plenty of them. Along with whatever grilled meat or meats you choose, include vine-ripened tomatoes, juicy watermelon, and corn on the cob. Beverages could be anything from iced tea to lemonade to the tropical beverage of your choice.

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: A Briard dog t...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeBe sure to take advantage of the sunshine too. It’s a great time for swimming, sailing, or surfing. Maybe you’re sticking close to home with the family. Bocce, horseshoes or tossing around the Frisbee are all fun ways to pass some time. Don’t forget about boating or romping on the beach, if your location allows for it. Take time to take in the sunset at the end of the day too and say goodbye to summer for another year.

Here are some additional resources for you:

The History of Labor Day from the US Department of Labor 

Lesson Page’s goldmine of ideas for lesson plans and activities for kids

Educational materials for Labor Day from Education Place

20 Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer

Once a Month Mom’s Labor Day picnic ideas

Wondering about that whole “don’t wear white after Labor Day” thing?

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