Labor Day began in 1882 as a rally to pay
tribute to the hard workers of America. The parade was held in New York City to acknowlege the 8 hour day and reward
the workers for their effort. 126 years on and the United States still celebrate! This is typically through
street parades and local gatherings. For lots of people labor day signals the end of the summer and the start
of the school season. Through Au Pair in America you are learning about many of the different
traditions America celebrates. To help you learn more we've included some activities taking place around the country
that you and your host family can join!
Activities on Labor Day Weekend
New York City: This year the Labor Day parade will
be held on September 9th owing to other celebrations in New York. The parade will start at 11am and will be on 5th Avenue
from 44th to 79th Street. If you are in the area, why not visit and cheer them along?
Brooklyn, New York: West Indian Day Parade - a combination of Mardi Gras and Carnival
all rolled into one and includes a whole load of West Indian food.
Kansas City, Missouri: Irish
Festival - a weekend long celebration from the 1st to 3rd September with music, dance, food and games.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Spend
a weekend on the waterfront with boating events. sports and concerts.
Washington DC: The National
Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert on the west lawn of the Capitol.
These are just some of the events taking place around the country! If
you can't find anything near you, check out local papers for details of your nearest Labour Day Celebration.
Good luck, and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
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