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Man on the Street: What does Labor Day mean to you?

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 9:44 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - It’s Labor Day once again and the streets of Fairbanks were busy with people enjoying the clear skies, and warm weather over their three day weekend. But without all the theme and spectacle of other upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving or Halloween, Labor Day is often a relatively unanticipated holiday. We took to the streets to see what Labor Day means to the people out enjoying Fairbanks.

“It’s kind of a forgettable one to me,” said Dane Burke, a visitor of Fairbanks.

We spoke with musician Caitlin Warbelow and Lisa Melone for their unique perspectives on the day, Caitlin she had this to say. “I’m obviously a musician and so three day weekends don’t mean much to me either. The only thing- I live in New York for most of the year, and we can tell it’s a three day weekend because the Sunday night music sessions get really big when it’s a three day weekend [because] the people who work normal jobs come out on three day weekends. So I guess to me it doesn’t have much to do with my work and so it’s just an extra day of the year.”

“I’m self-employed which means all the days run together. I was a little confused about what day yesterday was. I know what today is because it’s Labor Day and all the calendars say Labor Day. So to be honest I celebrate what I believe to be the intent of the day but it doesn’t loom horribly large in my life,” said Lisa Melon.

“It’s kind of one of those that sneaks up on you, but you do look forward to it cause it’s a day off from work to enjoy everything, and it’s just really nice to have a day off,” said Samuel Reichart.

It seems to most people Labor Day is an often overlooked holiday but a well appreciated break nonetheless.

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