John Wayne Estate Drops Classic Pic of The Duke With Perfect Idea for ‘Labor Day Plans’

by Clayton Edwards
(Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

John Wayne was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood when he was alive. Even now, decades after his death he is an American icon. Many fans remember the Duke for his grit and determination. He definitely knew the value of a hard day’s work. However, he also knew how to kick back and take it easy. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, that balance is the key to leading a happy and healthy life.

Today, many hardworking Americans are enjoying a much-deserved day off. Labor Day is all about celebrating the American workforce and their achievements. After all, every step forward we’ve taken as a country has been fueled by the sweat of a worker’s brow. John Wayne’s estate has the perfect way to celebrate this day off. Check out the photo below.

The photo shows John Wayne in full cowboy garb on what looks like a tour bus. He’s stretched out on a bench seat with his boots kicked up on the edge of the bus’ kitchenette counter. To make things even more comfortable, the Duke pulled his cowboy hat down over his eyes. In the caption, the icon’s estate left a simple message. “Plans for Labor Day, you earned it!”

Celebrate Labor Day Like John Wayne

The United States has been celebrating Labor Day since the late 1800s in some form or fashion. At first, many states picked up the idea. Then, Congress passed a law that set the first Monday in September aside as a day off for federal employees. However, labor and trade unions believed that their workers had just as much right to a long weekend of relaxation. As a result, they encouraged workers to strike to make sure they had the day off. Currently, Labor Day is a federal holiday that all workers can participate in. This includes actors and icons like John Wayne.

How you celebrate the holiday is up to you. However, many Americans like to fire up the grill or take their families to the lake. At the same time, others just like to take it easy. You can kick your feet up, pull your hat down, and take a John Wayne-sized nap. Whatever you do, just know that you’ve earned it. You work hard for your family and company the rest of the year. So, you deserve some time to relax, no matter what that looks like for you.

If you’d like to spend some of your hard-earned pay on some Duke-themed merch, you’re in luck. John Wayne Stock & Supply, the official store of the American Icon, is running a Labor Day sale. You can get 20% off sitewide to celebrate “Those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.”