With September fast approaching, the unofficial end of summer is almost here. Labor Day, the first Monday in September in the U.S., usually marks the end of the summer season. It’s the last time for barbecues, beach trips, and much of the outdoor fun to be had before school begins and the cooler weather sets in.

Labor Day became an official holiday in the U.S. in 1894. Since then, people have used the three-day weekend that it creates to mark the end of the summer season and a return to autumn. Many schools start after Labor Day, and it usually gives families a last chance to take a short family vacation before the days get shorter and the weather turns colder.

As Labor Day is right around the corner this weekend, this is our last chance to take advantage of the sense of summer that keeps us happy during the warmest months. Whether enjoying the last bit of summer means taking a trip to the beach or some far-away place, or simply relaxing at the pool or in the park, taking advantage of Labor Day weekend is the best way to soak up the summer sun.

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