Labor Day: the day set aside under Massachusetts law that requires businesses to keep their doors shut to allow their employees a day off to celebrate American workers.
Unless, of course, you work in a store, according the the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office.
Only retail establishments in Massachusetts may open during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, according to state legislation.
If they choose to open on Labor Day, state retailers must pay time-and-a-half if at least eight employees are on the payroll in the week the holiday falls.
Labor Day is one of ten holidays recognized by the federal government, although the feds don't require employers to pay workers for this holiday. Businesses traditionally provide their employees with a paid holiday as part of a benefits package because most other employers do the same.
• Belmont town offices
• Belmont Public Library
• Belmont Schools
• Post offices and regular deliveries.
• Bank offices; although some branches will be open in certain supermarkets.
• MBTA: Operating on a Sunday schedule. See www.mbta.com for details.
• Coffee shops (Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts are open)
• Convenience stores and
• Establishments that sell beer and wine are also allowed to be open.
A special note: Bars and taverns are also open but you'll need to travel out of town for those.