Find out what’s open on Labor Day in Champaign-Urbana
It’s almost Labor Day weekend in Champaign-Urbana, and what does that mean? It’s the (un)official end of summer. Time for pools to close and the autumn season to start. It’s also a time to celebrate the achievements of workers in America. In other words, all of us!
Some Labor Day facts:
- Labor Day became an official federal holiday in 1894. (Oregon had been the first state to make it an official public holiday in 1887.)
- Labor Day is the last day it is considered fashionable to “wear white.” This, of course, is entirely subjective and, frankly, rejected by many fashionistas. Wear white at your own risk.
- Labor Day is a great time to shop ’til you drop. Labor Day weekend sales have become vital to many retailers, some of whom consider it second only to the November-December holiday shopping period.
What else you need to know about Labor Day in Champaign-Urbana:
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.
Libraries: All are closed.
Transit: No CUMTD 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, with one major exception: the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet.
What is OPEN?
Grocery stores, some retail (many mom and pop places will be closed), most restaurants, car dealers. Some drug stores may be open but without pharmacy services. Call ahead when in doubt.
WATER! A few of our area’s outdoor swimming pools will be open, weather permitting. However, Labor Day is usually also the closing day for the season.