Photo: One of the 12 Forever stamps titled “Made in America: Building a Nation” issued by the USPS in August 2013.
While most of the rest of the world celebrates workers on May 1, here in the US, Labor Day is held on the first Monday in September which makes it the last long weekend of summer.
[Peter J. McGuire, who founded the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in 1881, said the date was chosen because it fell roughly halfway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.]
It’s one of ten holidays recognized by the federal government (France has 15 including the month of August), although the feds don’t require employers to pay workers for this holiday. Businesses traditionally provide their employees with a paid holiday as part of a benefits package because most other employers do the same.
Trash and recycling collection is delayed ONE DAY due to the holiday: If your pickup day is Monday, this week it will be collected on Tuesday, etc.
Belmont Town offices, the Belmont Public Library and Belmont Light are closed.
• US Postal Service offices and regular deliveries.
• Banks; although branches will be open in some supermarkets.
• MBTA: See www.mbta.com for details.
• Retail stores
• Coffee shops; Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are open.
• Convenience stores and,
• Establishments that sell beer and wine are also allowed to be open.