It's a holiday dedicated to honoring America's workforce. But even though many people have the day off and some businesses are closed, there are plenty of people working during Labor Day. As our Melissa Kakareka tells us, it's just a fact of life for certain professions.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- For many people, Monday was a welcome day off to relax, barbecue or maybe even do some shopping.
"It’s a huge shopping day. We’ve already had quite a big turnout so far," said Best Buy Supervisor Adam Shoultes.
For the retail businesses that are open, like Best Buy, there has to be staff to take care of customers.
"We have a bigger staff [than normal]. We were expecting a big turnout so we did plan accordingly," said Shoultes.
It's also a regular work day for members of law enforcement.
"Whatever your normal schedule is, if your normal day off happens to be on a holiday, you get the day off, but for the most part most police officers wind up working the majority of their holidays," said State Police Zone Sgt. Daniel Guilfoyle.
Police work is a 24/7 job and a holiday like Labor Day could be quiet or busy.
"Even though the majority of the population has the day off and it’s a holiday and they get to enjoy it, there are a ton of people still working to ensure they have a safe and successful holiday," said Guilfoyle.
Of course, it's a similar story in the medical field.
"We have shifts we sign up for. We have team A and B and the holidays are divided into those," said Registered Nurse in Lourdes Hospital Labor and Delivery Kayla Baird.
For many of the nurses at Lourdes Hospital, like the ones in Labor and Delivery, it's just another day at work.
"We work nights, weekends, holidays. Everyone comes in labor at any point in time, so you can’t turn them away. We aren’t a normal nine to five business," said Baird.
That means there's still plenty of people putting in labor on Labor Day.