(Neb)-Happy Labor Day!
LINCOLN - Today is Labor Day, a national holiday.
There's no mail delivery and government offices, financial institutions, and schools...including Chadron State College and its Nelson Physical Activity Center..are all closed. The Chadron City Council meeting normally held the first Monday of the month will be next Monday instead.
The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City by the local Central Labor Union on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Two years later, the "workingmen's holiday" was moved to the first Monday in September, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
Oregon was the first state to make it a legal holiday in 1887...followed later that year by New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Massachussets. Nebraska, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania had followed by 1890 and 23 other states had acted by 1894 when Congress made it a legal holiday in the territories and the District of Columbia.
Despite its historical ties to the labor movement, Labor Day is now best known as marking the unofficial end of summer and the start of fall. Most tourist activities at state parks wrap up their seasons today, and most tourist attractions, including national parks, go to fall or off-season hours tomorrow.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will take part in two Labor Day parades, one at Omaha's Septemberfest and the other in Schuyler...just as he did the past 3 years.
In his Labor Day message, Ricketts says "Labor Day celebrates the worth and dignity of work and the valuable contributions Americans make through their labor, " a perfect fit with Nebraskans who take pride in their work ethic.
Nebraska is among the top states in terms of the percentage of people contributing to the economy and the governor says he's using Labor Day to "thank the women and men who, day after day, give their best for the betterment of their workplaces, communities, and homes."
He also says that each fatality on the state's roadways weighs heavily on him, so he and his family are reminding everyone to drive safely and buckle up in addition to having an enjoyable holiday weekend.
U-S Senator Deb Fischer issued a similar Labor Day message, saying that "in Nebraska, the incredible work ethic of our people and their remarkable perseverance in overcoming challenges are what have made this state such a wonderful place to work and raise a family.
Law enforcement agencies around the country remain out in force for the final day of the latest installment of the You Drink & Drive. You Lose anti-drunk driving campaign, now titled Drive Sober or Pull Over.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe also is taking part in with checkpoints through tomorrow at the ports of entry for the Pine Ridge Reservation, where alcohol is banned.
Three Labor Day Weekend events are continuing in our area - Rushville Fun Days, the Crawford Rock Show, and the final weekend of the season for the Hudson-Meng bison bonebed Education and Research Center northwest of Crawford.
This year marks the 20th annivesary of the opening of the Hudson-Meng bonebed enclosure and it's being marked with a fee-free open house running with other programs including demonstrations from flint-knapper Dave Nixon.
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