News 12 First at Five, September 3, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Picnics, barbecues, and fireworks are all part of Labor Day festivities. But how did it all get started?
Lori Nelson is a grandmother of three. She says she couldn't think of a better way to spend Labor Day than with family. "It's very rare that I have all three at one time. So we use it to the fullest."
Lori says it's a challenge keeping up with kids ages one, two and three. But she says she's not afraid to jump right in. "We're believing in family and unity and that's what we're practicing today." Some people fire up the grill, and other people hit the road. And they've been doing it since 1882.
But what exactly is Labor Day? And why is it a national holiday? Roy Hen, says, "It's sorta the celebration of the end of summer you know you've had a great summer and now you're looking forward to the fall and the cooler weather." Rebekah Granger says, "Labor Day is a day for people to take off and relax from working all year long." Ashley Day says, "It's a very much needed break."
Labor Day is a one hundred twenty five year old tradition. The idea is to create a national day of rest for workers. That day is the first Monday in September. Ashley Darrick says, "It's the perfect time. You have the day off, enjoy it, and have fun. What better way to celebrate it."
Ashley spent this labor day at the park with her bible study group. The list of activities included food, football, and fun for the kids. No matter how you celebrate Labor Day is the one day of the year you have permission to take the day off.