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Labor Day, a day to honor our American workers, is a day to celebrate

Many Newarkers spent their summer gardening and planting sunflowers.  These sunflowers are from my garden in Newark, New Jersey.
Many Newarkers spent their summer gardening and planting sunflowers. These sunflowers are from my garden in Newark, New Jersey.
Lucy Santos

Summer, a joyous and lively season of the year, is coming to a close. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Fortunately, New Jerseyans will still have time to relax and enjoy the beaches with entertainment, shops, rides, games and eateries during Labor Day weekend and one last time on Labor Day. After Labor Day, the beaches will close and become tranquil. In the Forest Hill section of Newark, New Jersey, some Newarkers spent their summer walking their dogs, gardening, barbecuing and fixing their properties. On Labor Day, Newarkers will, do what most Americans typically do on the holiday, have barbecues in their backyards and serve hot dogs and hamburgers that they will share with family and friends.

Labor Day is not only a day to spend with family and friends; it is a day dedicated to the American worker. The labor movement created Labor Day to honor the American worker for his or her achievements to society. On June 28, 1894, congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday. The first Labor Day was observed on September 5, 1882. On that first Labor Day and those of bygone days, there were street parades and notable men and women gave speeches dedicated to the American worker.

After Labor Day, the carefree days of summer end as youngsters go back to school and students return to college. Labor Day is one of the last days in the summer where people have one last holiday to spend with family and friends.

We should always be grateful to all the contributions of our American workers, not only on Labor Day. We should be proud of the workers from the past as well as the workers of the present for making our country stronger. When we see a breathtaking site such as the Empire State Building in New York, we should remember that iconic structures were created with the sweat and hard labor of our American workers. American laborers have so much to be proud of, and we must all work hard to make our American dream come true.