Labor Day is held on the first Monday in September each year.
Unofficially the last day of summer, the holiday, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, "constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
On Friday the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will close at 12:30 p.m. and not reopen until 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Here's the list of what is open and closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2:
- Restaurants, generally, unless they're normally closed on Mondays
- Grocery stores
- Other businesses: open at the owner’s discretion. Ganim's Garden Center has let Patch know that they'll be open all weekend, including from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Business owners – let us know in the comments thread whether you'll be open/closed Monday, or if you're keeping special Labor Day hours.
- Call ahead before heading to any of the above establishments to confirm they are open. Many retail stores or gyms/health clubs may be operating on a Sunday schedule or with limited hours.
- Fairfield Public Schools
- Banks have the option of remaining open in Connecticut, but hardly any do, and even TD Banks are closed.
- The Fairfield Public Library (Main and Woods branch) and Pequot Library
- Financial markets, such as the New York Stock Exchange
- Post offices
- Fairfield town offices and agencies, including Town Hall and the transfer station.
- State offices, including the state Department of Motor Vehicles (which "will will close Friday, Aug. 30, at 12:30 p.m. and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:45 a.m.").
- U.S. government offices.
- Metro-North Railroad's Grand Central north entrances will be closed.
- Greater Bridgeport Transit buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.
- On Monday, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule. "MTA Metro-North Railroad will provide 22 extra getaway trains on Friday, Aug. 30, for people who want to leave work early to celebrate the long Labor Day weekend. Because so many people leave work early on Friday, six PM peak trains will be combined into three and 13 late PM peak trains will be cancelled. On Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, trains will operate on a regular weekend schedule." -- from an announcement on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website. For more details on the extra Friday trains, see this Web page.