Long ago Labor Day was a time of parades and picnics celebrating the workers. Workers built floats that proudly displayed their trades. Like other parades, there was candy and music. After the parade there was usually a picnic or cook-out in a local park. There are still some traditional Labor Day activities, but we hear much more about the sales and the end of Summer..
Labor Day does mean the end of Summer and traditionally it is time for back to school. It was the last weekend at the lake for many and school began on the next day. Now many schools begin in mid-August or earlier and Labor Day is the first 3 day weekend of the school year, not the last weekend of Summer.