The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, August 23, 2013

Labor Day celebrated throughout Michigan

By The Building Tradesman

Communities around Michigan have embraced the original intent of Labor Day as more than a holiday that marks the end of summer. In that spirit, Labor Day events are scheduled around Michigan on Monday, Sept. 2. Make plans to celebrate Labor’s Day in your area.

Detroit: For the building trades, a line of march on Labor Day will proceed as usual east along Michigan Avenue towards Campus Martius downtown. The building trades will line up before the parade, as usual, along Trumbull south of Michigan. Parade starting time: 9 a.m.

The parade’s theme: “The dream continues: jobs, justice peace.” Following is the building trades parade lineup along Trumbull, with the lead unions closest to Michigan Ave.:

  • IBEW
  • Pipe Trades
  • Iron Workers
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts
  • Elevator Constructors
  • Carpenters/Millwrights
  • Boilermakers
  • Heat and Frost Insulators
  • Painters/Glaziers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Cement Masons/Plasterers
  • Laborers
  • Roofers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Teamsters

On Labor Day, there will be a clothing drive at the IBEW Local 58 hall, 1358 Abbott St. Local 58 is asking all building trades affiliates and their families to “clean out your dressers and closets and donate gently used clothing.  Bring it with you when you join us on Labor Day, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

Grand Rapids: For the fifth year the Grand Rapids Labor Fest will be held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park near the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, off of Pearl Street, one block east of U.S. 131. The day’s events will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Labor Day around the “Spirit of Solidarity” monument in the park.

Activities include free admission to the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, live music, food vendors and a beer tent, kids’ activities, labor displays and an antique American-made car and motorcycle show.

Ishpeming: The 24th annual Labor Day festival will be held in Ishpeming on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. with a parade along Euclid St., Main St., Division St., and Lakeshore Drive. Total parade length is 1.1 miles. After, there will be a picnic and rally from noon to 4 p.m. at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum (Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park) and the Lake Bancroft Park on Lakeshore Drive and Euclid Streets.

The theme for this year is “Labor: Still Standing Strong.”

Muskegon: The West Michigan United Labor Day Parade. Staging will take place from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Meet at Heritage Landing and take the shuttle to the parade route.  There will be a picnic lunch at Heritage Landing after the parade.       

St. Ignace: The annual five-mile walk over the Mackinac Bridge begins at 7 a.m. on Labor Day. The 56th annual walk starts in St. Ignace, and shuttle buses are available for the return trip from Mackinaw City.