A Day Off

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Web site credits hardworking New York carpenter Peter J. McGuire with founding Labor Day in 1882. He is said to have characterized his fellow workers as those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Today, most American workers do their grandeur carving in a figurative way, but whether they hunker down in an office or toil on an assembly line, they deserve a salute. So the first Monday in September, it’s all about kicking back in someone’s yard with a beer and some barbecue. If you really must get out, though, there’s a free party going down at The Legends at Village West (1843 Village West Parkway). Lost Wax, a hip-hop, soul and funk revue, performs from noon to 3 p.m. And, in spite of the spirit of this national holiday, hundreds of employees will be working their posts throughout the open-air mall in Kansas City, Kansas, just for you. See legendsshopping.com for details.

Mon., Sept. 7, 12-3 p.m., 2009