Labor Day in the 21st century is all about beaches, BBQs, ballgames and shopping. This year 25% of Americans plan to leave town for Labor Day weekend. More than 133 million will enjoy a cookout. Thousands will pack college football stadiums. And the average Labor Day weekend shopper will spend a minimum of $58.
Here are a few more fast and fun facts about Labor Day Weekend:
The holiday is meant to honor the nearly 160 million working Americans.
Last year, the United States Census found that 159.8 million people made up the American labor force. Most Americans have forgotten that the roots of the holiday are in unionism that fought for fair wages and all the basic employee rights we enjoy today. Enjoy your 3-day weekend, but remember to give a nod to all the hardworking men and women who marched in solidarity.
It’s the third most popular day of the year to have a cookout.
It falls only behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, so all the people who aren’t spending the day shopping or working are probably firing up the grill.
Labor Day marks the end of peak hot dog season.
During peak “hot dog season,” which spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans gorge themselves on roughly 818 hot dogs every second (or 7 billion total). Next seasonal food obsession? Many Americans will start with the sweet orange brew of “pumpkin spice” beverages.
Biggest spikes in travel over Labor Day weekend.
Top vacation spots include Half Moon Bay, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; and Saratoga Springs, New York.