Happy Labor Day

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We’re celebrating Labor Day here in the U.S. It was first celebrated in 1882 in New York City, and became a Federal Holiday in 1894 to help smooth the relationship between the government, the military, and the people, after the Pullman Labor Strike. Today it represents to us the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, and the excuse to pull out the grill once more before the onset of winter weather. One more visit to the beach, one last camping trip, and a flurry of back-to-school sales at retail stores. Festivities usually begin Friday evening after work, and continue all the way through the long weekend, ending in a mostly country-wide day off on the first Monday of September.

Where I live in Arizona, Labor Day means that the best weather of the year (read: sub-100 degrees F) is just a few tantalizing weeks away.

To all of our friends and readers celebrating their day off, happy Labor Day!

Photo Credits (in order of appearance):
- “Colorado Balloon Classic” by Walkadog on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Labor Day” by Nerissa on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Washington DC Labor Day Concert” by Sue Elias on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “LaC Family Rooftop Cookout” by ajileon on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Death is the sound of of distant thunder at a picnic” by myklroventine on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Picnic for One” by Gamene on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Kites” by Steven Depolo on Flickr Creative Commons.

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