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To the never-ending embarrassment of pinkos everywhere, May 1 is a non-event in the U.S. Quite the opposite, in fact: 10,000 members of the VFW proclaimed it “Americanization Day” in 1930, daring any Soviet sympathizers to say otherwise, and President Eisenhower decreed it “Law Day,” later updating it to the even more Orwellian “Loyalty Day.” So laborers ended up with the first Monday in September to honor their sacrifice with cookouts, Renaissance Faires, and pledges of patriotic fealty. And where better to do that than the National Symphony Orchestra’s annual Labor Day concert? This year’s show will feature Aaron Copland’s patriotic Lincoln Portrait. It’s free, so you’ll have plenty of cash to spare for outlet shopping later.

THE CONCERT BEGINS AT 8 p.m. ON THE CAPITOL’S WEST LAWN, GATES OPEN AT 3:20. IN CASE OF RAIN, IT WILL MOVE TO THE KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL. FREE. (202) 416-8113.