When you think of Labor Day, you may think of BBQs and parades, but you also might want to think of railroads. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland, after the deaths of several labor strikers and law enforcement during the Pullman Strike in Chicago. Led by railroad car workers, the Pullman Strike reflected a country embroiled in labor issues, and Labor Day was part of the subsequent compromise with the federal government.
Today, residents across the bi-state region celebrate Labor Day in many different ways, and special events are great opportunities to get out and enjoy the food and fun in several communitites. Please take a look at the following events and subsequent reroutes for MetroBus. All of these events are still transit accessible (with bus route adjustments for street closures).
MetroBus and MetroLink will run on a holiday schedule on Monday, September 5 with Sunday timetables in observance of Labor Day.
Belleville Labor Day Parade – Belleville, Illinois
Gateway Cup- Benton Park Criterium Cycling Race
Also, transit to these great festivals:
Big Muddy Blues Festival
MetroLink Arch-Laclede’s Landing
Japanese Festival – Missouri Botanical Gardens
#14 (Saturday only), #80
St. Nicholas Greek Festival
#1, #95, MetroLink