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.