Labor Day in the United States marks the end of summer – and the beginning of many things. A new season, a new school year for some, new challenges and goals to be set. It’s also a day of reflection – and not just on what fun you had over the summer, but more of a historical remembrance and tribute to what happened over 100 years ago for our country.
Labor Day was organized by the Central Labor Union of New York, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The first real Labor Day was celebrated with a street parade on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City, however in 1884, the first Monday of September was selected as the official day for the holiday.
So, as our nation pays it’s annual tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker, here’s what you can do to make the most of the long weekend – parades and all:
- Rock Out: Electric Zoo Music Festival
- Hit the Water: Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition
- MoMA PS1: Last Warmup Concert of the Summer
- The Labor Day Parade: Where to go, what to drink, eat and more
- The Beach: Long Beach, Jersey Shore, Coney Island
And of course, you can always celebrate with us at Webster. Relax with your friends (and some rose!), on our beautiful rooftop and take in the ariel views of Manhattan’s most notable buildings and landmarks, spend some time out in our garden, and enjoy our annual BBQ food served in the dining hall all weekend long. Share your photos on social media by tagging us with #WebsterApartments – you may find yourself being featured on our national instagram account!
Have a happy, and safe Labor Day weekend!