CHARLOTTE – Labor Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the first Monday of each September. The holiday is celebrated in honor and recognition of the American Labor Movement along with the contributions that laborers made to the country. It also recognizes the developments and achievements that have been made along the way. The holiday was first proposed around the 1880s, but it was not until 1894 that Congress passed the bill recognizing the day as a holiday and officially naming it “Labor Day.” Each year the holiday is celebrated with parades, picnics, fun events, and more. Don’t let this Labor Day slip by! There are many events around town to celebrate with friends and family.
Matthews Alive is a festival full of rides, games, arts and crafts, live music, drink vendors, and much more. The event also features a Labor Day parade on Saturday, September 3, at 9:30 am. The events kick off on Friday night, September 2, starting at 6:00 pm and will run through Monday. The location of the event is Stumptown Park, 120 S Trade Street, Matthews, NC. For more information on additional events, live music line up and parking please visit https://matthewsalive.org/.
Yard Art Day is a fun tradition that is returning to Charlotte and the surrounding communities. On Labor Day, professional artists, families, residents, and others will be creating works of art in their yards. Information on how to participate and who is participating can be found at https://yardartday.org/.
31st Annual Kiwanis Club of Matthews Labor Day 5K & Family Fun Run is a special event that is a great way to support the Kiwanis Club of Matthews. It is a family-friendly event and is held on Monday, September 5, from 7:30 am to 11:00 am at Stumptown Park. There will be a 5K run along with a Family Fun Run. If you or your family are interested in the event please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Matthews/MatthewsKiwanisLaborDay5K to sign up and for more details on the event.
Charlotte Labor Day Parade will be held in Uptown Charlotte and is a free event that will take place on Monday, September 5th, at 11:00 AM. The parade is in honor of the organized labor in our community, region, and country and all their accomplishments. Starting on North Tyon Street and 9th Street, the parade will head towards the square and then take a left on 3rd Street, concluding on College Street. It will be an event for the whole family and a fun way to celebrate the day. Information on the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/CLDPC/.
Labor Day Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center includes many events held over the holiday weekend. There will be trail racing, live music performances, and yoga along with all the fun adventures that the center already offers. The events will start on Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 am with the Labor Day Trail Race and end on Sunday by 10:00 pm with live music events. Information on the schedule, registration for races, and more can be found at https://center.whitewater.org/festival/labor-day-celebration/.
The Mint Hill Times wishes everyone a happy and safe Labor Day 2022 and hopes that these events and more help you celebrate the “end of summer” and the start of a wonderful fall season.