How to spend Labor Day weekend like no other

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How to safely celebrate Labor Day during the pandemic

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what Labor Day means in 2020. Usually, it signals the end of summer, the start of school and a change in the way we act and dress for the rest of the year. Plus it offers one last excuse to gather and barbecue. 

But like Memorial Day, Labor Day has historical significance. It has been a federal holiday since 1894 aimed at celebrating the contributions of American workers, and celebrating the people working to keep us safe feels more vital than ever this year. I want to celebrate the grocery store worker outside the supermarket near us who enforces the mask policy. I want to celebrate the nurse who drew my blood the other week while still chattering happily behind her mask. I want to celebrate and support everyone who isn’t working, and do whatever I can to help them during this unbelievably rough time. 

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