Labor Day

Labor Day weekend guide

Many traditions returned for summer 2022 after a COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, and the Labor Day weekend is expected to be packed with fun as Minnesotans wrap up the state fair.

This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 5. Read about activities for all ages in the schedule below, and use the links to prepare for the weekend ahead.

What’s open and closed

Banks: Many banks follow the Federal Reserve schedule and will be closed Monday. People should check with their individual bank branches to be sure.

Driver and Vehicle Services: People should check with local offices to verify Labor Day weekend hours. Some DMV locations may also be closed the days before and after Labor Day.

Garbage services: Garbage and recycling pick-ups will be delayed one day.

Grocery stores: Many major grocery store chains will be open. Costco will be closed. Pharmacies at some chains will be closed, even if the store portion remains open. Check with your local store for precise holiday hours.

Libraries: Hennepin and Ramsey county libraries will be closed Monday.

Mail delivery: Mail will not be delivered, and post offices will be closed.

Mass transit: Metro Transit buses and METRO Blue, Green and Red Lines will follow their Sunday/holiday schedules. The METRO Blue Line airport shuttle will continue operations. Northstar, Twin Cities service centers, information services and the Lost & Found will all be closed.

Minneapolis, St. Paul city government offices: City-run offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, including Minneapolis 311 will be closed and will resume regular business hours on Tuesday.

Parking: In some city locations, meters will not be enforced on Monday. City officials advise people to always read information posted on meters.

Police, fire emergency services and 911: These services will not be affected by the holiday observance.

Schools: Minneapolis and St. Paul schools will be closed. The first day of school for both districts is Tuesday, Sept. 6. Caregivers of children in kindergarten and below should check with their child’s school for precise start dates.

Weekend events

Minnesota State Fair information

Minneapolis Labor Day guide

St. Paul Labor Day itineraries

Bloomington events

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Victory Labor Day Races

Basset hound, corgi, bulldog and weiner dog races at Canterbury

Be the Change MN Golf Tournament

Afton Apple flower festival

St. Paul Saints baseball game

Minnesota United soccer game

Labor Day weather and traffic

Whether you’re planning to stay in town or head out of town for Labor Day weekend, be sure to check the KSTP weather forecast and traffic updates.

Track weather conditions via the maps below, and be sure to watch 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for the latest weather reports.

Traffic Map

Boating Safety

Will you be spending your weekend on a lake? State officials want boaters to keep safety on their minds as they head out.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports the two most common causes of boating fatalities in the state are capsizing and falling overboard.

Boaters are asked to follow these tips:

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Distribute weight evenly in the boat and abide by the boat’s weight limits
  • Have a way to communicate; boaters should let others know where they are going and when they plan to return
  • Watch weather reports to avoid shifting winds or storms.

You can get information from the DNR on life jacket requirements, boating laws and regulations, boat and water safety education, and lake and river restrictions. Click here to check out the DNR’s Boat and Water Safety page.

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