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Labor Day is a holiday meant to honor workers. In the late 1800s, labor activists fought to designate a special day meant to celebrate the achievements and sacrifices of laborers across all industries. Now a national holiday, many get the day off to revel in their achievements and rest. Even if you don't have the day off, there are a ton of ways to celebrate the holiday. If you're not sure what to do, this article has plenty of ideas to help you plan your day.[1]

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Attend a Labor Day parade or a music festival.

  1. Many towns still have union-organized parades or festivals for Labor Day. They're great opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and spend your day surrounded by others that are celebrating. Find out what’s going on in your area by reading the event listings in your local newspaper, searching online, or asking neighbors or coworkers. If you're less interested in a parade, check out local music festivals or concerts happening during Labor Day weekend.[2]
    • Sometimes there can be some extra traffic on Labor Day weekend. Plan your driving time accordingly so you can avoid missing any cool parade floats or musical acts.
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Host a Labor Day party.

  1. Invite friends and family to celebrate the holiday with you. Throw a barbecue and serve food or arrange a potluck and have your guests bring dishes, too. Set up decorations and play music to give the party a more festive atmosphere. You can even set up games to play outside, like cornhole, croquet, or badminton.[3]
    • Hang red, white, and blue streamers, flags, or paper lanterns. Choose some patriotic paper napkins and plates. You can find an abundance of patriotic decorations at any store that sells party supplies around Labor Day.
    • To throw a successful potluck, make a signup sheet and share it with your guests so that you can keep track of what everyone is bringing. That way you don't end up with 3 potato salads and no entree!
    • Arrange a covered space if you’re having a barbeque. Purchase or borrow an open tent where you can put food and chairs underneath just in case guests need protection from the sun or the rain.
    • If you don't have a backyard or an outdoor space at your home, try inviting friends and family to meet you at a public park.

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Express your gratitude to your coworkers.

  1. Let them know all the reasons you enjoy working with them. To plan out your words, list all of the ways that your coworkers have had your back this year. Maybe they've given you amazing career advice or perhaps they've helped you lighten your heavy workload. Once you think of some ideas, tell your colleagues personally why you're so lucky to be on a team with them.
    • If you work in an office, drop by a particularly helpful coworker's desk and say something like, "Happy Labor Day! I just wanted to say thank you for helping me so much this year. When I started at this job I was so overwhelmed. Your encouragement has meant the world to me."
    • Maybe you work remotely. Shoot your colleagues a message on Slack or Zoom. Try, "Happy Labor Day to you all! I'm so lucky to work with such incredibly talented people. Thanks for always being there for the team."

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Support a work-related cause that you believe in.

  1. Get involved in supporting labor issues. Causes you can get involved in include raising the minimum wage, fighting for equal pay for all, protecting the rights of unions, and instituting national paid family leave. To get involved, contact your state representative and encourage them to put forth legislation that will make these causes a reality.[7]

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Volunteer at a local organization.

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    Can you have a barbecue or pool party to celebrate Labor Day?
    Madeleine Criglow
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    Yes, these are both great ways to celebrate Labor Day. Anything that helps you relax and reward yourself for your work is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Cook some yummy food or throw a potluck and invite all of your friends. If you want to throw a pool party, throw in a bunch of pool toys and set out snacks to make things extra fun.
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      This article was co-authored by wikiHow staff writer, Madeleine Criglow. Madeleine Criglow is a wikiHow Staff writer based in the Pacific Northwest. She has over six years of experience working in copywriting, editing, and journalism. In addition to her work for wikiHow, she writes a monthly film column for Tigard Life and Tualatin Life newspaper. Madeleine graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. This article has been viewed 12,932 times.
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