It comes every year on the first Monday of September — Labor Day!

While many Americans regard the holiday as the unofficial end of summer, experts say Labor Day is more than just a day off from work.

Labor Day, which was first recognized in 1885, celebrates how the contributions of American workers impacts the country’s prosperity, according to the United States Department of Labor.

According to the department’s website, Congress passed an act on June 28, 1894 that officially declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday nationwide.

In its early days of observance, Labor Day was celebrated with a public street parade and festival, the Department of Labor describes on its website.

Nowadays, however, things are a bit different. According to WalletHub, here’s how Americans are celebrating Labor Day Weekend:

  • 40.6 percent of Americans grill
  • Approximately 25 percent of all Americans travel out of town
  • 85 races are scheduled across the country
  • 57 percent of Americans make Labor Day-related purchases

How are you spending your Labor Day?