I say this every year, and I’ll say it again! How is it almost Labor Day already? Where did the time go? I hope you’re having a nice summer; it’s not officially over yet!
Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is also seen to some as the unofficial end of summer. Summer vacations are over, camp is over, kids are back to school/college, the sunsets are getting earlier each day, and cooler temps are on the way.
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!
Whether you choose to relax at home, get together with family and friends, go to the beach/pool, or even shop for Labor Day sales, I hope you have an enjoyable holiday weekend.
Fun Facts and Travel Stats
I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts and stats about Labor Day.
Let’s begin with some travel stats from AAA.
- AAA booking data shows Vancouver, Rome, London, Dublin, and Paris are the top 5 international destinations over Labor Day weekend. Canada is popular this time of year because of its cooler temperatures and stunning scenery, and Europe has seen a surge in travel all year.
- The top 5 domestic destinations are Seattle, Orlando, Anchorage, New York, and Las Vegas. Seattle tourism has been boosted by the strong demand for Alaska cruises. Florida destinations are popular for their beaches and theme parks.
According to a survey of AAA travel advisors:
- 83% of AAA travel advisors say the most common concern from travelers over the last 60 days was getting stranded by a delayed or canceled flight.
- 64% of AAA travel advisors say travelers who booked extended vacations (at least 14 nights) said having more time to explore destinations was their main reason for taking a longer trip.
- AAA travel advisors are seeing high interest among travelers for ocean and river cruises, plus all-inclusive and guided tour vacations.
And now on to some fun facts about Labor Day from goodhousekeeping.com:
- The first Labor Day celebration (parade) was in 1882.
- Most schools and jobs are closed on Labor Day, but stores stay open.
- It’s the third most popular day of the year to have a BBQ/cookout (behind Memorial Day and Fourth of July).
- It marks the end of peak hot dog season.
- There used to be a fashion rule saying you couldn’t wear white after Labor Day, but most people no longer follow that rule.
Labor Day Purchases
Panel Members: Remember to report any Labor Day purchases you make such as items for a BBQ, block party, or other type of event/party you’re hosting or attending, any back-to-school shopping you do over the weekend, and even items you might stop to buy on the way to a park or to the beach. We know you’re busy, and we appreciate your efforts to report all of your purchases!
Support Center Closed
In celebration of Labor Day, our Panel Support Center will be closed on Monday, September 4th.