Happy Labor Day! Most people have today off, and for many it's the last blast of summer. For those working today, we salute you! While many of us may be heading to the beach or planning a backyard barbecue, here's more about the day.

According to timeanddate.com:

"Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed.  As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.

Background

The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving."

In observance of Labor Day, there is no regular mail delivery and most banks and financial institutions are closed.