The Lazy Man’s Way To Celebrating Labor Day

The Lazy Man’s Way To Celebrating Labor Day


Go back to bed. This day is for you.

Call the day what you want, but it certain isn’t a day to do any labor. Yes, today is Labor Day in the United States and in Canada, the one holiday designed solely in honor of the working man.

Labor Day? Play miniature golf instead.

Labor Day? Play miniature golf instead.

More than a century after the first Labor Day was celebrated in the US (we got that idea from the Canadians) what it celebrates has changed as well. Trade and labor organizations still march, but workers of all classes and collars (blue, white, pink, etc.) share a common goal and that is to enjoy fair wages for their work.

Political pleasantries aside, today’s celebrants are much more likely to be home-focused than they are to march in a parade or take in some other public activity. After all, just as Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, Labor Day weekend marks the season’s unofficial end or the last hurrah before the chill of autumn sets in.

Not sure what you’re going to do today? Me neither. But, the following ideas are worth exploring and you mull over your morning java:

1. Sleep In – Maybe you got up too early and forgot that today is a holiday. Why not take a few more sips of your coffee and head back to bed? After all, the rest of your family remembered and are still fast asleep. The next chance you’ll get to sleep in? Thanksgiving morning which is eleven weeks away!

2. Breakfast Bar – Your local waitress wouldn’t mind you stopping by your favorite diner or family restaurant even though she has to work. Rouse the family and head on out for a feast that you won’t soon forget. Don’t forget to be extra generous with your tip especially if the service was superb – pink collar workers rarely earn what they deserve.

3. Lounge Outside – Most areas of the country are experiencing normal temperatures this weekend which means that summer’s worst heat is nowhere to be found. Why not make the most of the day and enjoy the great outdoors? Don’t put away the barbecue and certainly give no thought to cutting the grass. You may feel up to doing some work, but why stress out your family members and neighbors?

4. Last Call – A lot of summer oriented places close up on Labor Day if they haven’t already done so already (with the holiday falling so late this year). Your town pool, favorite picnic area, miniature golf or other seasonal hang out may be shutting down. Or, if open longer, it just isn’t a place you’ll be heading back to now that the leaves are beginning to change and the pumpkins are ready for picking.

Enjoy your Labor Day. You didn’t need me to give you these four ideas, but since you’ve read this article this far you’re probably glad that I did.

Photo Credit: Vivek Chugh

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".