Happy Labor Day! There will be no more posts until Tuesday.

Here, in a series of short clips, The History Channel takes a look at the origins of Labor Day, changing methods of manufacturing and legislative gains made by labor unions. While you take your three day weekend, remember those who struggled to get Friday and Saturday off.

An interesting fact on this Labor Day from the U.S. Census Bureau – About 20.6 million commuters leave for work between 7-7:29 a.m. Only 4.5 percent leave between midnight and 4:59 a.m.

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All City of Alexandria government offices are CLOSED on Monday, September 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

NOTE: There is FREE parking at metered spaces in Alexandria, Virginia on Labor Day. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).  Temporary no-parking signs will be enforced on September 5.

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Over 972,000 Virginians to Take a Trip

AAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2008 and a one percent increase over 2014. Locally, 972,219 Virginians plan to celebrate the holiday with a final trip before summer comes to a close, with 87 percent going by car.

The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, September 3 to Monday, September 7. Historically, when the Labor Day weekend falls later in the calendar, Americans have shown less inclination to travel. As Labor Day falls on September 7, the latest possible day it can occur, the overall travel growth potential is dampened somewhat this year.

“While strong travel numbers are great news for the industry and economy, our survey shows a decidedly ‘un-laboring’ take on the Labor Day holiday,” says Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager Public of Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Many would rather spend the holiday at cookouts, relaxing or simply at home to avoid heavy holiday traffic congestion, especially if they have already taken a vacation this summer.”

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On Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day, the DASH Bus and the King Street Trolley will observe the following schedules.

DASH Bus Service Schedule:

  • DASH will operate a SUNDAY schedule on Labor Day.

King Street Trolley Service Schedule:

The King Street Trolley operates daily, every 15 minutes, between the King Street Metro to the waterfront on Labor Day.

  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 PM

(Photo by Jason Lawrence, on Flickr)

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