Labor Day will be marked in Los Angeles Monday by a march, rally and barbecue in Wilmington, a music festival in Exposition Park and other events.
Labor Day March
The theme of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition's 37th annual Labor Day March and Rally is "One Goal, Many Voices." Thousands of union members, their families, supporters and friends, are expected for the march, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Broad Avenue and E Street, go east on E Street to Avalon Boulevard, continue north on Avalon Boulevard to M Street, concluding at Banning Park, where a rally and barbecue will begin at noon.
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The fifth annual Nightshift festival is billed by organizers as the biggest Labor Day event on the West Coast. Performers include Snoop Dogg, Los Lonely Boys, Poncho Sanchez, Victor Orlando & Fun-Ja-La, the Dennis Jones Band, Korduroy, Mahkenna, Martay, That Infernal Machine and Thunder Snatch.
Doors open at 11 a.m. with the opening act taking the stage at 12:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20.
The festival is organized by Working Californians, which describes itself as a nonprofit research and advocacy organization consisting of a coalition of innovators, entrepreneurs, labor groups, public opinion research and community engagement professionals, public policy experts, entertainment industry executives, community leaders and policy makers.
The annual event celebrating ships representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and Coast Guard wraps up Monday in and around the Port of Los Angeles.
Labor Day Reminders
Government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices will be closed today for the Labor Day holiday. Trash collection in the city of Los Angeles will be pushed back by one day, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation.
All Metro-operated buses and trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. For information on Metro schedules, visit www.metro.net, or call (800) COMMUTE. Metrolink trains will not be operating. The agency will offer two round trips via buses following the route of the Antelope Valley Line between Lancaster and Union Station. More information is available at www.metrolinktrains.com or by calling (800) 371- LINK.
The following Foothill Transit lines will run on a weekend schedule: 178, 185, 187, 195, 197, 269, 272, 274, 280, 281, 282, 284, 285, 286, 289, 291, 480, 482, 486, 488, 492 and the Silver Streak. No other lines will be running.
About Labor Day
Labor Day, a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the U.S. on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to formally recognize Labor Day. By 1894, 31 of the then 44 states had made Labor Day a holiday when Congress passed a bill designating the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and territories.