Labor Day Menu Ideas

And Labor Day Recipe Ideas

This page contains some suggestions for a Labor Day Menu.

Of course the recipes are included. Just click on the links.

Labor Day Parade Drawing -New York City - 1882

Labor Day Parade -Toronto, Canada - 1900 (PS: "Dinner cost 35 cents")

But before I jump immediately to the menu ideas and the recipes, I would like to share what Samuel Gompers said.

Samuel Gompers was the founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).

“Labor Day is devoted to no one man, living or dead, to no one sect, no one race, or no one nation.”

I remember reading that statement (no, I wasn’t there) and I remembered it because I thought it was an important thing to say and understand. I really like it.

Labor Day is a holiday for anyone who works to support himself or herself, family and others. I really like it!

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the achievements of American workers.

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday in America.

But Labor Day is also observed as a legal holiday in Puerto Rico and Canada.

In Australia, I believe Labor Day is called Eight Hour Day. It celebrates the struggle for a shorter working day.

In much of Europe, Labor Day is observed on May 1 and is known as May Day.

The character of the Labor Day celebrations has pretty much changed over the years, especially in large cities where mass displays and huge parades have proved to be a problem. I miss the parades ...not the speeches. :-)

Although a lot of people do go to restaurants on Labor Day, many people feel like it is the last chance to leisurely cook a meal and enjoy each other’s company before school starts and summer fades away. So here are some ideas for a Labor Day Menu.

Labor Day Menu Ideas

Fresh Homemade Lemonade or soft drinks

Chardonnay and/ or Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Grilled or Roasted Salmon with Lemon Herb Butter

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Garlic Bread or artisan bread

Fresh Blueberry Cobbler

Coffee or a Coffee Nudge

Enjoy your Labor Day, your recipes and the company of those you share them with! - Donna

"And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor for these are gifts from God."

Ecclesiastes 3:13