Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 5th.
See our page of links to learn more about Labor Day.
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th through October 15th. During this period “America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.” (Source: U.S. Newswire)
The summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 through August 21, 2016. More than 10,500 athletes representing over 200 countries will compete in 28 different sports. For the first time ever, a team of refugee athletes will also be allowed to compete; they will march under the Olympic flag.
While the competition itself is bound to be riveting, the lingering threat of the Zika virus, Brazil’s economic difficulties and environmental concerns at some Olympic venues, may provide drama outside of the competition as well.
See our page of links for more about the Olympic movement and the Rio games.
August is American Artist Appreciation month. Late summer is a great time to visit some of our area’s wonderful art museums and galleries and to support local artists and crafts people.
See our page of links to learn what’s happening at local museums and galleries and to find some interesting books about American art and artists.
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On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris rose up and marched on the Bastille, a state prison that symbolized the absolutism of the French monarchy. The storming of the Bastille symbolizes liberty, democracy and the struggle against oppression. Learn more about this historic event on our page of links.