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Labor Day 2019: What’s Open and Closed

The first Labor Day parade, held Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, is shown in this artist's rendering. CREDIT: U.S. Department of Labor
The first Labor Day parade, held Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, is shown in this artist's rendering. CREDIT: U.S. Department of Labor
The first Labor Day parade, held Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, is shown in this artist’s rendering. CREDIT: U.S. Department of Labor

WARWICK, RI —This morning, Monday, Sept. 1, marks the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day, granting most workers with a three-day weekend.

Labor Day weather: overcast

The weather forecast according to weather.com for the holiday is not very favorable for cookouts, hikes and swims, unfortunately, with cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day.

What’s open, what’s closed

In Warwick, city hall and the school department are closed for the holiday. Trash, recycling, and yard waste pick-ups are delayed one day.

Public transit RIPTA is following holiday routes on Friday. Check the RIPTA website for schedules.

TF Green State Airport is operating, with arrival and departure schedules online.

Banks are also closed or holding limited hours.

Labor Day history: Why are we celebrating?

The holiday, first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City by the Central Labor Union, according to the US Department of Labor. The celebration was originally a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

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The idea took off across the states, and on June 28, 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year Labor Day, a legal holiday. In the following years, the holiday has honored the hard work of America’s workforce and their role in driving the U.S. economy. The day has also served as a reminder of the benefits organized labor has won for workers, including better wages, reasonable hours and safe working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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