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September 2016: Labor Day, Fall and Square Dancing

September 1, 2016

State offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.

It’s the first day of September! The month when we welcome the Fall with a stroll through the season's first crunchy fallen leaves and a fridge full of apple cider and pumpkin spice everything.

Of course, September is important in Georgia for many other reasons. It’s National Preparedness MonthSquare Dance Month, and next week is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week.

And then there’s the day that every student looks forward to in their first weeks back to school… Labor Day.

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Kids and adults alike get excited for this holiday that can sometimes seem so random. Do we know where it came from in the first place?

In 1882, the Central Labor Union hosted the first Labor Day parade. The parade was in response to the country’s growing support for unions. By the end of the parade, about 10,000 people were walking in support of workers. Labor Day was made an official holiday 2 years later.

Now every year, we recognize Labor Day in the United States on the first Monday of September. A variety of events – festivals, parades, sports events and more – take place in Georgia in celebration. Check with Explore Georgia for this year’s events, and keep in mind that you can check out late from Georgia state park cottages, cabins and yurts this Labor Day.

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On Georgia.gov, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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