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Posted on: August 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE - Observance of Labor Holiday



August 29, 2023



Observance of Labor Holiday

Monday, September 4, 2023


            (Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman would like to remind citizens that government offices in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Courthouse Annex in Reedsport, Fairgrounds Office, Douglas County Landfill and Transfer Sites, Douglas County Museum and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Monday, September 4, 2023, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.


Please note, a few other closures and openings for the Labor Day Holiday:

  • The Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum in Winchester Bay will be open for visitors on Monday, September 4, 2023, for normal business hours. 
  • All Douglas County operated parks, campgrounds and boat ramps will continue to be open and accessible to the public during the Labor Day holiday.  For reservation information at Douglas County operated campgrounds, please call (541) 957-7001 or go online to  
  • Even though the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office lobby entrance will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023, our Sheriff’s Deputies, 911 communications and DCSO staff will continue to provide law enforcement protection and emergency assistance for our residents.  If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.  If you need to reach dispatch for a non-emergency, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (541) 440-4471.  
  • The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and designated department officials will continue to work on local wildfire response regardless of the holiday.


            First observed 129 years ago, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.  The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first Labor Day bill to become law was passed by the State of Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.


If you're planning a family gathering, camping trip or celebration over the Labor Day Holiday weekend, we encourage you to take the necessary precautions to celebrate safely.  Please check for road and travel information, as well as the Air Quality Index,  the Oregon Department of Forestry Wildfire Blog, and the Oregon Smoke Information website at for the latest updates.  Your Douglas County Commissioners and everyone with Douglas County Government wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy Labor Day holiday. 



Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: 

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