Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September.
The holiday was put in place to celebrate the country’s work force and their achievements. While the job sector may have expanded over the years, Johnstown resident Paulette Ivan says she feels workers deserve recognition for their continued hard work just as they did back in the day.
"It may not be as hard in terms of physical labor, but I think in terms of stress and the amount of hours people put in, it certainly is as hard-if not harder. I don’t think technology has made things easier for us. It just has made us work more hours because we’re always accessible, " says Ivan.
So during this extended weekend, Ivan and other local families we spoke with say they have one plan of how they want to spend their time.
"My husband and I both work full-time. Our kids are busy with activities so this is probably one of the only weekend where we don’t have anything going on. So, it’s kind of important that we all stay together, " says Ivan.
"Those times are far and few between. You’ve got to take advantage of them while you can," say local resident Sonia Moisey and her daughter Chloee Rowe.
Some families are spending time together with picnics, a barbecue, or a last-minute trip somewhere. Chloee also says it’s nice to have a day off from school.
The Labor Day weekend does mark the unofficial end to summer.