Labor Day weekend is upon us in Champaign-Urbana, and what does that mean? It’s the (un)official end of summer. Time for barbecues to fire up. It’s also a time to reflect on those who toiled before us and fought for our rights (eight-hour workday, anyone? Oh right, we’re parents. … ha!)
Some Labor Day fun facts:
- Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894 after a failed attempt to break-up a railroad strike.
- The first U.S. observance of Labor Day came in the form of a parade sponsored by the Central Labor Union. On Sept. 5, 1882, 10,000 workers paraded through New York City in order to gain support for the eight-hour workday.
- Labor Day has its origins in Canada. YES CANADA!
- In many other countries, May Day (May 1) is the day working people are honored.
Other info you need to know about Labor Day in Champaign-Urbana:
What is CLOSED?
Government offices: Federal, state, county and city administrative offices closed.
Postal service: All post offices will be closed. No mail will be delivered.
Courts: Federal, state and county closed.
Banks: Most closed.
Libraries: All are closed.
Transit: No Champaign-Urbana MTD service. Amtrak operates as usual.
Parking: As a city holiday, metered parking in Champaign and Urbana is free on Labor Day.
Museums: All are closed.
What is OPEN?
Grocery stores, some retail (most mom and pop places will be closed), car dealers. Call ahead when in doubt.
Clinton Lake Beach: Open through this weekend.