Labor Day Festivities

This coming weekend Labor Day celebrations will be taking place all over the country. For many of us, this means barbeques, picnics, spending time with family and friends, and the end of summer.  However, many of us don’t know how or why we actually celebrate Labor Day.

During the height of the Industrial Revolution, labor unions began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor working conditions and to renegotiate pay. As a result, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, New York when 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square—holding the first Labor Day parade in United States History (Source: History). Shortly thereafter, the idea of a working person’s holiday caught on, and multiple municipal ordinances were passed not long after.

Here in Knox County many of us will be celebrating similarly to how the first Labor Day celebrations were; with food, parades, and spending time with those we care about. But if you are looking for more to do this holiday weekend, there are plenty of events and celebrations occurring locally that you can partake in. Below is a list of events occurring this weekend in Knox County:

Here are this Weekends Special Events:

  • The 51st Annual Bicknell Heritage Day Parade and Festival
    • Events begin Wednesday evening (September 1st  2021), and conclude on Monday (September 6th, 2021) with a 5k run, parade, and softball tournament.
    • For more information, click HERE.
  • Judge Ryan’s Recovery Run, 5k/1m Fun Walk/Run
    • Saturday, September 4th. Pre-Race festivities start at 8:40 AM
    • For more information, click HERE.
  • The Indiana Military Museum’s Salute to the Veterans of World War II
    • Starts Saturday, September 4th at 8:00 AM and ends on Sunday, September 5th
    • For more information, click HERE.
  • The Farmers Market of Historic Vincennes
    • Saturday, September 4th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • For more information, click HERE.
  • The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors & Tourism Bureau’s Discover Knox County: Outside at the Indiana Military Museum Scavenger Hunt
    • The scavenger hunt can be found on our various social media platforms; click HERE for Facebook, and HERE for Instagram.
    • For a PDF version that you can print off, click HERE.
    • For the answers to the scavenger hunt, click HERE.


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