Learn the History of Labor Day

History of Labor Day - Buff Whelan ChevroletEvery year, on the first Monday in September, our country celebrates Labor Day. But, do you know where Labor Day got its start or what it commemorates? Here is a brief history of Labor Day and some special ways you can celebrate it.

It is unclear who first suggested the idea for Labor Day. However, on September 5, 1882, the Central Labor Union in New York City held its first Labor Day. This day celebrated hardworking Americans, and the “holiday” quickly spread across the country.

On June 28, 1894, Congress officially named the first Monday in September a legal holiday. However, most states had already passed their own Labor Day laws by this time.

These days, many communities host parades or other events for Labor Day, and many families hold one last summer barbecue with family and friends. While these are fantastic ways to celebrate, if you want to really tune-in to the spirit of the holiday, you can patronize local businesses, plan a tour of a local factory or farm, or share some treats with your local fire or police station.

At Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we hope you enjoy a great day Labor Day weekend with your family.

Make a Trip to Sterlingfest This Summer

Sterlingfest This Summer
Sterlingfest This Summer

Every year, the city of Sterling Heights comes together to put on one of the most exciting summer festivals in the state of Michigan. This summer, Sterlingfest will be held July 27-29.

This is the 37th annual Sterlingfest. Just like previous years, this year will be packed with summertime fun including an arts & crafts fair, lots of live music, a family midway with rides and game, and tons of the best fair food you have been waiting for all year. The festival has funnel cakes, hand-crafted ice cream, and all the fried foods you can imagine.

At the arts & crafts show, visitors can browse works from numerous local artists including watercolor painting, photographs, sculptures, and more. Artists display their work with many of their pieces available for sale. The show is set in the heart of Sterling Heights and has a street-fair-feel. All around the art booths, visitors can hear live music from the jazz and blues stage.

Here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we love taking our families to Sterlingfest each summer and look forward to seeing many of our friends and loyal customers there, too. What is your favorite thing about Sterlingfest in Sterling Heights, MI?

Things to Do in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a lifelong resident, there’s something to do in Sterling Heights for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Sterling Heights!

Sterling Heights is home to the General Motors Heritage Center, our personal favorite and one of the coolest places you can visit in Michigan. Detroit is focal point of American automotive history and shaped the culture here, so visiting the GM Heritage Center and seeing the history of how one of the biggest American automakers came to be is fascinating. You’ll see classic cars, historical exhibits, and much more.

That’s not all Sterling Heights has to offer, though. Nature lovers will enjoy a trip to the Sterling Heights Nature Center, where you can see all kinds of flora and fauna. If you’re visiting with kids, they’ll love the Kart 2 Kart go-kart center and the AirTime Trampoline and Game Park.

Finally, there are tons of good places to eat in Sterling Heights, like Rosie O’Grady’s and Mackenzie’s Tavern, where you can also go to drink and watch whatever game is on. The Island Bar and Grill is another good place to eat.

At Buff Whelan Chevrolet we’re proud to work in a place that’s so central to the state’s history as well as Chevrolet’s. We hope to see you here soon!

Fun Summer Activities at Home

The kids will be out of school for the summer before you know it which means now is the time to prepare! Having the kids around during summer means it’s up to you to entertain them. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun-filled activities you can do right in your yard or living room. Here are a few fun summer activities you can do at home as suggested by us here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Fun Summer Activities

  • Camp Out – A weekend camping trip in the woods an get expensive and time consuming very quickly. Fortunately, those with access to a yard can minimize the experience in a way that kids will love. Pitch the tent in the yard, start a fire (safety first), and cook some hotdogs and marshmallows.
  • Develop Skills – Did you know that many home improvement stores host workshops for families? Inquire about times and dates at your local hardware store, like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s a great way to spend time with kids and introduce and develop new skills!
  • Visit Local Museum – School may be out, but that’s no excuse to slack off when it comes to education. Kids should always be learning whether they know it or not. Many museums offer special classes, workshops, and tours that expose kids to new ideas and concepts. Find museum event that your kids will enjoy and sign up!