Labor Day is Not the End of Summer

Labor Day Weekend is celebrated in the United States and Canada (spelled Labour Day there!) on the first Monday of September. It typically symbolizes the end of summer for most of us. My calendar, however, says the last day of summer is actually September 22nd. Many schools are back in session before Labor Day Weekend, and September can be a warm month with summer-like weather.  So why does Labor Day weekend seem to mark the end of summer?

According to, in the United States: "Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times."

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday, which always falls on a Monday about the time school is back in session. Maybe we associate it with the end of summer because it is the last long weekend of the season.  The three-day holiday reminds us to enjoy the nice weather before it comes to an end. In many places of the United States, it will soon be cold and the snow will begin to fly.  Boats and fly rods will be replaced by ski lifts and mittens.

But seasons tend to blur in Montana, the state where I live.   This is a place where you can start a hike in hot weather - and then enjoy body-sliding/glissading down a snowy slope! Snow can be found here any time of year - but we have summer for only for a few short months!

Image: A photo of my son and some friends, during a June hike we took in Glacier National Park.
Does it feel like the end of summer today where you live?

This post was previously published as "Labor Day Weekend: Summer is Not Over Yet" on my blog, the most - - of every moment.

SusanF - ofeverymoment


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