For some people, it's the last holiday of summer. For others, it's the first holiday of fall. But it's always on Monday.
Unlike holidays that are tied to a specific date — such as July 4 — that can be any day of the week, or holidays that have been moved to Mondays to create long weekends — such as Memorial Day — Labor Day has always been on Monday.
While many of us won't be working Monday — the New Hampshire Union Leader will not publish an edition Monday — many retail workers will be working, some of them working overtime so the rest of us can take advantage of what else but "Labor Day Sales."
So, malls will be open, as will grocery and many other stores, although some may be trimming hours or even bucking the "open" trend, so call ahead if there's any question.
One thing is certain. There will be no public school classes Monday. Some kids, including those in 152 district regular and charter schools have already started classes, but they get the day off Monday.
New Boston, Dunbarton, Manchester and Goffstown schools welcome students back on Wednesday. Hopkinton students began classes Aug. 26, they are off Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, which just happens to coincide with the dates of the ever popular Hopkinton State Fair, and return to school Tuesday.
When it comes to the grownups, banks, except TD Bank, are closed Monday. So is the Stock Exchange. So are federal, state and local offices.
There will be no regular United States Postal Service mail delivery or counter service and UPS and FEDEX are closed.
Although there is trash pickup as usual on some holidays, that's not the case on Labor Day.
So if Monday is your usual trash/yard waste collection day, it won't be picked up Monday in Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Dover and Portsmouth. Concord, Nashua and Dover say Monday's routes will be done Tuesday and everyone else's will slide a day. But Portsmouth combines Monday and Tuesday trash/recycling pickups on Tuesday, making up time by skipping Monday and Tuesday yard waste pickups.
In Manchester, there will be no trash/yard waste pickup Monday, but Monday's route will be done Tuesday and Tuesday's route will be started. So although there will be some delays, beginning Tuesday residents are advised to put their trash out on their regular trash day.