Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm; Catering available Sunday - Saturday

Whether you are mourning the end of Summer or cheering the back-to-school exodus, it is nice to have one long weekend to spend with friends and family. Sometimes we forget that the national holiday stands for something more than a reason to picnic, barbeque and hit the beach.

Here are some facts about Labor Day:

** What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.

** The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.

** In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.

** On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

** The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.

Source: Steve Odlund, Forbes.com

Here are the hours for Carry Out Cafe & Catering over Labor Day Weekend:

Friday, Aug. 31: Open until 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1: Open until 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 2: Closed
Monday, Sept. 3: Closed
Tuesday, Sept. 4: Open at 10 a.m.