Is it just me, or does summer seem to go by faster and faster every year?! Between family events, kids’ activities, holidays and more, it feels like this summer was over in a flash. Even though it’s definitely still hot outside, Labor Day weekend feels like the “last hurrah” for summer.

My family doesn’t have big plans for the holiday weekend. We’ll probably hang out in the backyard, grill some burgers, and maybe go swimming at the pool or the beach. In years past, we’ve taken trips around Labor Day to Orlando and Michigan, and of course the past few years we’ve stayed close to home with socially-distanced activities.

Do you have plans for the holiday weekend? Are you traveling or staying close to home? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

What is Labor Day all about?

Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 5, this year. The federal holiday is observed on the first Monday of September each year, and its purpose is to celebrate the achievements of American workers. According to, Labor Day originated in the late 1800s at the height of the Industrial Revolution. The average American worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, often in unsafe or unsanitary conditions. Labor unions became more prominent and more vocal, and they organized strikes and rallies to protest.

The first Labor Day “parade” occurred Sept. 5, 1882, when 10,000 workers in New York City marched from City Hall to Union Square. Twelve years later, Congress passed an act recognizing Labor Day as a legal holiday, and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law June 28, 1894.

Travel and Labor Day Weekend Plans

The Vacationer, a travel news website, estimates that 137 million Americans will travel over Labor Day weekend this year. According to their Labor Day survey, 53% of respondents said they plan to travel this weekend. More than a third said they would travel by car (35%), with another 14% indicating they would travel by plane.

As of Thursday, Aug. 18, AAA reports that the average price of a regular gallon of gas was $3.931. Even though gas prices have dropped a little recently, more than half of the survey respondents said that gas prices would affect their travel plans.

Interestingly, American adults in the middle Atlantic region– which include New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania– were most likely to have their travel plans affected by high gas prices. Travelers in states like Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and the Dakotas were less likely to report that gas prices would impact their Labor Day weekend plans.

Taking Time Away from Work

Hopefully, some of the people who plan to travel over the holiday weekend are also using vacation days and taking more time for their trips! Wallethub reported that in 2020, 57% of Americans left an average of 4.6 vacation days unused. And, 57% of Americans reported in 2021 that it had been more than a year since their last vacation of any kind. Perhaps not surprising because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but even if you don’t travel anywhere, it’s important to take time off.

Panel Member Reminders

As we get ready for the holiday weekend, remember to scan the purchases you make for weekend activities! Whether you’re grocery shopping for a gathering or shopping for deals at the holiday sales, your shopping information makes a difference.

Each week you scan purchases and submit information to NCP, you earn reward points that can be redeemed for gift cards and a wide variety of merchandise. You’ll also receive additional rewards and incentives for taking part in surveys and special programs. The more you participate the more you earn! 

Not currently a panel member and interested in joining? Learn more and sign up here.

And finally, NCP will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for the Labor Day holiday. Our Support Center will be open regular business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 6. We hope you have a great weekend!


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