City facilities closed during Labor Day, but state liquor stores will remain open

City facilities closed during Labor Day, but state liquor stores will remain open
City facilities closed during Labor Day, but state liquor stores will remain open

Americans have been celebrating Labor Day for over 100 years. The first observance was on September 5th, 1882 in New York in accordance with the Central Labor Union. It became a nationwide holiday in 1884 after 23 other states had already adopted the holiday in honor of workers.

Here in Spokane we celebrate it with some businesses taking the day off and free parking in downtown Spokane.

City Hall will be closed along with other city facilities including Municipal Court, libraries, garbage transfer stations and the waste-to-energy plant. Garbage pickup will be a day late. As usual, city council meetings for the day are canceled and will continue the following week.

City facilities that are open are the Riverfront Park attractions, Cannon and Witter Aquatic Center. In Riverfront Park, Pig Out in the Park festivities will continue featuring music and more food than our stomachs can’t probably handle.

Another attraction not closed for the day, but beyond the city: state liquor stores. Contract liquor stores may be open, but you’re advised to contact contract stores directly to make sure. They’ll be open at their regular time at 10 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. A list of state stores are available online at the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s website [.PDF].