Aug. 27, 2013 — Every year the first Monday of September we celebrate Labor Day — the last big three-day weekend of the summer.
While the holiday may have started more than 100 years ago as a creation of the labor movement and unions to honor the contributions of American workers to the America, it has become the last long weekend for family fun before many schools start, the days get shorter and we all settle in for another fall and the arrival of winter.
We no longer celebrate Labor Day with local parades and speeches by local politicians and dignitaries, preferring to spend the weekend with family and friends out in nature.
Lassen County has endured drought conditions for several years, and fire is an ever-present danger. Fire restrictions are in place on many public lands.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, open fires are not allowed outside of posted, developed campgrounds and recreation sites, even with a campfire permit, portable stoves and lanterns using gas, pressurized liquid fuel or jellied petroleum may be used outside of developed campgrounds and recreation areas with a campfire permit (permits are available at BLM, Forest Service and CalFire offices), smoking is not allowed except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, motor vehicles must remain on established roads and trails, target shooters may not use tracer, metal jacket, incendiary or exploding ammunition, or targets that explode or emit sparks, and possession or use of any fireworks is not allowed.
Drink responsibly this Labor Day weekend.
Alcohol can be a contributing factor in many accidents — and even deaths on our roadways and waterways.
Drinking and driving or operating any kind of motorized vehicle just don’t mix. Accidents can happen at any time, especially when you least expect them. Just last week a man in a neighboring county was killed when he fell off a golf cart — and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence.
Don’t become a statistic. Don’t drink and drive.
To all the visitors to our county this weekend and to all our local residents, we wish each and every one of you a happy and safe Labor Day.
Some Labor Day facts
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, some sources report union leader Peter J. McGuire suggested a holiday to honor workers, but others attribute the idea to machinist Matthew Maguire. His Central Labor Union in New York formed a committee to investigate the idea and Labor Day was first celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was picked as the date for the Labor Day celebration.
In 1885 celebrations of the “workman’s holiday” spread to include many communities. While many local communities recognized Labor Day, Oregon became the first state to recognize the holiday on Feb. 21, 1887. The holiday celebration quickly spread to 23 other states by 1894 — and on June 28 of that year Congress made Labor Day a legal holiday.
At the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday, dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
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