Today is Labor Day, 2013. The holiday is always the first Monday in September, a day set aside to celebrate the creation of the labor movement and the social and economic achievements of American workers.
“It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The day is celebrated as a public holiday in East Providence. But not everybody is shutting down. For some businesses, it will be business as usual.
So, you’re in luck if you’re celebrating with a cookout and need some last-minute supplies? Or if you're heading out to watch the second annual Labor Day Parade in East Providence and want to take some sustenance with you.
What is open and closed today?
Federal, state and city government offices are closed. Schools are still shut for the summer. There will be no mail delivery.
Many retail stores and restaurants are open. So are some financial institutions, such as TD Bank.
RIPTA will be operating on its holiday schedule if you are a frequent bus rider.