My Labor Day
Labor Day is not just the last big barbecue day of the summer, more importantly it is a time to recognize the contributors America’s working men and women, as well as the achievements of the organized labor movement. Since 1800, other countries have celebrated this day on May 1 however, the first worker's parade ever took place in September in the early 1800‘s. Since then, this day has been celebrated the first Monday in September.
A fun day to enjoy relaxing activities with your family and friends. Where I’m from, the community usually host a big weekend celebration at the park that actually starts on Thursday with activities for the entire family. This includes a live DJ and a dance and talent contest for the youth, a spectacular gospel fest with special guests on Sunday afternoon, and a huge parade with marching bands and colorful floats on Monday. This is also the perfect opportunity for town kids to “strut their stuff” with their coordinating outfits and cool dance steps. After the parade, we spend the day at the park where there’s lots of good food, fun, and celebrations morning ‘til night. We really go all out for this! But wait, there's more!
Many families host their annual family reunions which brings out of town guests back for all the festivities. Class reunions are also held over this weekend which I especially enjoy because I have an opportunity to see old class mates that I hadn‘t seen in years. Since there’re so much going on, many take vacations during this special time. This makes this holiday the biggest summer event of the year and it seems to get bigger and better each year. This is certainly My Labor Day.
Labor Day Meal
Many cooks usually take the day off, but if you’re planning to prepare a meal, there are a number of foods that can be prepared in advance or fairly quick which takes the labor out of this special day as it really should be.
I have put together a quick and easy Labor Day meal that won’t take up a lot of your time and you‘re still have lots of time of fun things.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Old-fashioned Cole Slaw
Fresh Layer Salad
Tennessee Baked Beans
Lemon Bars or Chocolate Bars
If you’re having guests what about adding these great appetizers for variety to your meal:
Country Deviled Eggs
Mini Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce
BBQ Beef Meat Balls
Spicy Cheese Spread
Fresh Fruit Bowl
Enjoy your family and friends this Labor Day.
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