Since Tuesday, September 5, 1882, the United States has celebrated Labor Day on the first Monday in September.
Historical records show that Peter J. McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners – and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor – was the first American to suggest a day to honor American workers “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
In short, we get a day off in celebration of labor unions winning all of us the right to work for a fair wage in healthy safe working conditions.
While here in Greater Jacksonville we might wish for a wider selection of special events to honor our contributions to local, state and federal tax coffers, area events scheduled for Labor Day weekend are nothing if not eclectic.
Hot dogs, anyone?
2nd Annual Labor Daze Fest: A Rally for Better Jobs for Gainesville! – Sun., Sep 2 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Bo Diddley Community Plaza, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. FREE, all ages welcome. We’ll be hooking folks up with job training and job matching to after-school programs for the kids.5 live bands. FREE MASSAGE by Florida School of massage, FREE ROCK WALL by Gainesville Rock Gym. Local food, merch, art, activism and politics. Face painting, and hula hooping. www.facebook.com/events/498041290210804/
Electric Sun Festival – Sat., Sept. 1 7 Sun., Sept. 2, 1:00 p.m. Morocco Shrine Auditorium, Jacksonville, Fla. 59.00 – $160.00. All ages welcome. Electric Sun Fest and non-partisan, non-profit organization Spin the Vote encourage festival goers to vote while bringing entertainment value with world-renowned electronic dance artists such as Tiësto, Gabriel & Dresdon and John Dahlbäck. 5 stages of music, foam parties, water slides, mechanical bulls, photo booths, contest and much more fun. 888-715-8044. www.electricsunfest.com/event_Jax.html.
Arts & Crafts Festival – Sat., Sept. 1 & Sun. Sept. 9:00 a.m. Veterans Park in Flagler Beach. View and purchase paintings, photography, jewelry and one-of-a-kind creations, many with a Flagler Beach flair. Local musicians and food vendors will also be at the event. email@example.com or visit www.cityofflaglerbeach.com.
Labor Day Picnic – Mon., Sept. 3. Noon. Palm Coast VFW, 47 Old Kings Road. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, salads, etc. Tickets are $10 in advance or $11 at the door. Call 446-8696.
2012 Sticks & Chips Golf Tournament – Mon., Sept. 3. 10am shotgun start. $80 per person, includes 2 drink tickets for domestic beer or soda. Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. $80, Adults, Seniors. Create your best five-card poker hand. Individual stroke play. Scores limited to double bogey or better. Players receive one playing card at five different tees. Following the round, the clubhouse provides two community cards at the scoreboard. 1st prize, $75, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25, Closest pin wins Nike® choice of golf shirt, Longest drive wins Nike® golf shirt, Longest putt completed wins a dozen Bridgestone® golf balls. To register, call Broc Nell, 904-277-5907, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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