On the first Monday in September, many Americans look forward to having the day off from work. But, do you know what Labor Day is meant to celebrate? We will take a look at some of the history of this holiday and how to celebrate Labor Day, besides just having a barbecue.
Why Do We Celebrate?
In the late 1800s, many states designated the first Monday in September as a day to honor American workers. Monday was specifically chosen so that workers could potentially have a three-day weekend. On June 28, 1894, Congress officially established Labor Day as a national holiday.
How to Celebrate?
Many communities across the country host Labor Day celebrations that may include parades and festivals. If you really want to get into the true spirit of the holiday, you can try some of the following.
- Look specifically for products produced in the United States.
- Plan a trip to visit a local factory.
- Give generous tips to any service workers you interact with.
- Learn about the history and importance of labor laws here in America.
- Make a goodie basket and take it to your local police or fire station.
Here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we hope you and your family have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.
Rochester, Michigan, is a wonderful place to live during the holidays because of the many events we hold throughout December that provide tons of fun for families. Here are some of the events we’re most excited for, and if you’re looking for more holiday events in Rochester, check out their event calendar.
One event that will be going on all month until January 1st is the Bright, Bright Light Show. Every evening from 5 pm to midnight, downtown Rochester will be lit up with over a million lights for the public’s viewing pleasure.
One has already passed, but on December 13th you can go to the Meeting House and eat sweets and drink cocoa while watching the Bright, Bright Light Show. You can also enjoy Friday Night Carriage Rides, where you can ride around downtown Rochester while enjoying the sights.
In early December, Rochester holds Kris Kringle Market, inspired by the European tradition of open-air Christmas markets and the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. If you missed these, make sure to come next year!
And though it’s after the holidays, we’ll celebrate the winter season with the Fire and Ice Festival in January, which will feature TasteFest, fireworks, sledding, ice skating, broom ball, and more..
Head downtown to see beautiful light displays!
October is here, which means that Halloween will be on your doorstep asking for candy before you know it! Now is the time to get readyd to take the kids on a candy-gathering adventure. Here are the best Halloween events in the Rochester Hills area, as suggested by us here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!
- Trick-or-Treat Night – Halloween is coming to the Rochester Hills area early this year. Trick-or-treat night takes place on October 22 at 3:30 p.m. Kids can stop by local businesses to grab some goodies before participating in a parade to the fire department. There, kids and adults can enjoy a movie and spaghetti dinner!
- Scare Away Hunger 5K – The 6th annual Scare Away Hunger 5K kicks off on October 23rd at 3 p.m. at Rochester College. Registration fees and all other proceeds benefit the Neighborhood House, an organization that provides food, clothing, and other services to those in need. What better way is there to celebrate Halloween than by giving to those in need?
- Trick-or-Treat at the Farmers’ Market – Just in case the kids are hyped up on enough sugar, the farmer’s market is holding their very own trick-or-treat event on October 29th. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and lets the kids rake in some more goodies!
Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.
According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.
What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.
Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.
Memorial Day is a day that we set aside as a country to appreciate the efforts of US Armed Forces members. All throughout the year, FCA remains committed to American soldiers in lots of different ways. But the proof is in the numbers: there are currently 4,256 veterans who work for FCA.
The automaker regularly donates money and resources that in one way or another improve the lives of armed service members. Every year, FCA contributes Marine Toys for Tots Foundation program. They also gave generously to help erect the World War II Memorial in Washington DC, and the USO often benefits from FCA donations, as well.
FCA is also there for service members where the rubber meets the road. Jeeps were an essential component to the American military effort during World War II. One particular Jeep model was even awarded the Purple Heart! Dodge vehicles have also played a part in various military campaigns.
At the end of the day, FCA supports veterans and all other service members in a way that goes above and beyond.