Things to do in Aurora, IL (Labor Day Weekend)

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!

Here's some fun things you can do with the family this Labor Day Weekend!

Monica Mancano, REALTOR®/MRP/AHWD, Century 21 Affiliated, 1999 W.Galena Blvd.,Aurora, IL 60506 (630) 669-2401

Friday, Sept. 4 - Monday, Sept. 7
Aurora Fire Department
Fill the Boot Fundraiser
Fri., Sept. 4 | Sat., Sept. 5 | Sun., Sept. 6
Intersections throughout Aurora
The International Association of Firefighters raises millions of dollars each year in their Fill the Boot Campaign, in which firefighters greet motorists and ask them to donate money to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Look for Aurora Firefighters at various intersections throughout Aurora all weekend.
First Fridays
Friday, September 4 | 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Various Locations in Downtown Aurora
All roads lead to downtown Aurora on the first Friday of each month. Enjoy art, music, food, theater and more at local businesses and venues. Free trolley service runs throughout downtown!  Learn more: CLICK HERE
Peter Cetera in Concert
Friday, September 4 | 8:00 p.m. 
Paramount Theatre | 23 E. Galena Blvd.
With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Tickets are available: CLICK HERE
Aurora Farmers Market 
Saturday, September 5 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Aurora Transportation Center | 233 N. Broadway

Get your locally grown just-picked produce, fresh-from-the-farm preserves, artisan cheeses, old world breads and handcrafted products. Visit the Oldest Farmers Market in Illinois every Saturday in downtown Aurora
FREE Electronics Recycling
Saturday, September 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Central Garage | 720 N. Broadway
It's not too late to finish that summer cleaning project! Dispose of your electronics properly at Aurora's FREE Electronics Recycling. This popular service, provided by the City of Aurora, is open to all residents of Aurora. 
The Light of the Heart
Art Jam
Saturday, September 5 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phillips Park Pavilion | 1000 Ray Moses Drive
The 3rd annual Art Jam will feature great food, youth bands, make-and-take art projects, and more family fun. There is a special performance by Aurora's Simply Destinee Dance Team.  Learn more: CLICK HERE
Fox Valley Irish Festival
Saturday, September 5 | 3:00 p.m.
RiverEdge Park | 360 N. Broadway
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party in the Chicago suburbs. Learn more: CLICK HERE
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Saturday, September 5 | 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre | 23 E. Galena Blvd.
Over the course of 50 years, the great Duke Ellington changed the American musical landscape forever. Even decades after his death, Duke's Orchestra still honors his incredible legacy in the best way possible: by performing his cool musical masterpieces for audiences around the world. Tickets are available: CLICK HERE
Tanner House Tours
Sunday, September 6 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tanner House Museum | 305 Cedar St.
Tour the home of the Aurora Historical Society. Built in 1857 for William and Anna Makepeace Tanner, the home is a cornerstone of this history of the City of Lights. Tours of the Tanner House start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.! Admission is free. Learn more: CLICK HERE
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
The practice of holding annual festivities to celebrate workers spread across the country, but Labor Day didn't become a national holiday for more than a decade. Oregon became the first state to declare it a holiday in 1887, and states like New York, Massachusetts and Colorado soon followed suit.
Under President Grover Cleveland, and amid growing awareness of the labor movement, the first Monday in September became a national holiday in 1896.
See what else is on the 
calendar for September
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Aldi will move the IT Department for its national headquarters from Batavia to Aurora. Aldi, the international grocery store chain, will buy 1245 Corporate Boulevard in Aurora's Farnsworth Center for Business to house its Information Technology Department.
Aldi is in the midst of a five-year strategic plan to open 650 stores and create more than 10,000 jobs across the country. By the end of 2018, Aldi expects to operate nearly 2,000 stores coast-to coast, serving more than 45 million customers each month.

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