County public health officials urged anyone celebrating Monday’s Labor Day holiday to observe caution when gathering with others, including wearing a face covering whenever possible and practicing social distancing.

A heat advisory will also be in place through 8 p.m. for Riverside County valleys, with temperatures expected to be 10 degrees above average across the Inland Empire, reaching highs of 112 degrees in Palm Springs and 105 degrees in Riverside.

The March Field Air Museum is scheduled to be open extended hours for Labor Day, with dozens of aircraft on display and multiple exhibits along with a range of artifacts from the first years of powered flight to the Space Age.

Those looking for outdoor recreation can visit Mt. San Jacinto State Park for hiking, mountain biking, camping and other activities — although the National Weather Service urged anyone participating in strenuous activities outdoors to stay hydrated and avoid peak heat hours.

In the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is also scheduled to operate during extended hours for Labor Day.

Meanwhile, Labor Day festivities at Agua Caliente Casino feature live entertainment, free play giveaways and dining specials.

Schools, banks, post offices and all other government buildings will be closed on Monday.

Metrolink trains will operate on a Sunday schedule, with $10 holiday tickets in observance of Labor Day.

However, Riverside Transit Agency buses will not operate Monday, with service to resume Tuesday.

Labor Day, the yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the United States on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

In 1887, Oregon became the first state to formally recognize Labor Day. By 1894, 31 of the then-44 states had made Labor Day a holiday when Congress passed a bill designating the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and territories.

In his Labor Day proclamation, President Joe Biden wrote, “On this Labor Day, we honor the pioneers who stood up for the dignity of working people — leaders like César Chávez, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A. Phillip Randolph, John L. Lewis, Samuel Gompers, Frances Perkins and many more.

“We must recommit ourselves to advancing the historic progress these trailblazers made as we work to deliver a decent life with security, respect, and dignity for all.”

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