How to Have a Festive Independence Day at Home

4th of July

Independence Day is fast approaching, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate even without fireworks and parades. Try a few of these ideas to give your family a safe, patriotic Independence Day at home in Paducah!

Fourth of July feast!

Fresh American fruits and desserts make for a festive, patriotic Independence Day. Top cakes with blueberries and raspberries, sprinkle red and blue sprinkles on star-shaped cookies and consider some candied popcorn. Making snacks and meals together is a great way to spend time as a family.

Fun in the sun

Celebrate Paducah with your family by spending the day outside. Take a river day or throw water balloons to enjoy this beautiful country. Close out the evening with a bonfire if you’d like—and what could be more American than s’mores by the fire?

Learning opportunities

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the time of the Revolutionary War? Consider a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence with your kids or doing some reading about Revolutionary War America to get in the patriotic spirit.

Movie night

Whether you’re looking for something to entertain the whole family or for something a little more mature, there are patriotic movies and TV shows aplenty! Your kids may love National Treasure, and adults may love the Revolutionary War drama Turn. HBO’ 2008 miniseries about the life of Founding Father John Adams gets you in touch with the Independence Day spirit, and we hear Hamilton is coming to streaming!

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The History of Labor Day

History Of Labor Day | Paducah KY

Each year, Americans enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer with friends and family. Despite being a fun-filled, celebratory weekend, sometimes the history of Labor Day and what it means gets lost.

What Labor Day Means

Labor Day celebrates the creation of the American labor movement and its social and economic accomplishments. This yearly tribute ensures that the hard work, strength, and history of America’s labor force is properly honored.

History of Labor Day

Labor Day dates back to the 1880s. The first Labor Day to be celebrated took place on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was first formally established through municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886, and then passed as an Oregon state bill in 1887. That same year, four more states (Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) passed a bill establishing Labor Day as an official holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act establishing the holiday throughout the states.

There is some debate as to who founded the holiday. While some accounts point to Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, other accounts cite Matthew Maguire, a machinist and eventual secretary of Local 344 in New Jersey, as the founder of the holiday.

You work hard, so take Labor Day as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy a well-earned rest. If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, you can also take Labor Day to stop out and see the great selection available at Chip Wynn Motors.