In 1894, Congress officially made Labor Day the first Monday in September, but just because it's a holiday doesn't mean that everyone has the day off.

While some people are grilling and soaking up the sun, some employees -- like Ryan Dougherty -- are in the kitchen making the dough.

"I try to work hard, and that's all I can do," said Dougherty.

For the past 3 years, he's worked as a cook and server at a pizza shop.

"If you want to live you got to work. So, I don't mind working on Labor Day, it's just another day to me. It's not Christmas, it's not Easter. It's just a day," said Dougherty.

He's working and saving up for a larger goal.

"I'm excited to serve the country and do my part," said Dougherty.

Less than 15 minutes away, at Margaritas, the spirit of hard work is flowing past the chips and hot salsa.

Jordan Bergeron is a bartender and server at the restaurant.

"Yes, I am thankful for my job because number one it puts food in my stomach and it helps me pay bills every month and I get to hang with people like Chandler every day. So, it's pretty cool," said Bergeron.

Bergeron, much like Dougherty, is saving up for her future goal.

She says this job is providing her the opportunity to make great connections with local medical technicians.

"You get to meet a lot of people that come in as nurses, and doctors," said Dougherty.