Happy Labor Day to all of you!

While many still turn out to hear Labor Day speeches and attend parades, the purpose of the holiday has fallen way, and instead is usually viewed as the last hurrah of summer. I don’t know about you, but I find history fascinating and love to learn new facts all the time! Here are a few fun Labor Day facts for you to read while you’re enjoying your Labor Day not Laboring

  • Labor Day is: “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
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  • * Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 and was organized by the Central Labor Union.
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  • * The first state to celebrate and make Labor Day a legal holiday was Oregon in 1887.
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  • * Canada began celebrating Labor Day in Toronto in 1872 and the holiday moved down to the United States a decade later.
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  • * An act was passed by Congress on June 28, 1894 making the first Monday in September a legal holiday for the United States.
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  • * During the late 1800’s Americans were working 12 hour days, seven days a week to earn just a basic living. Even children aged 5-6 were working in the factories and mines. Labor Day created an opportunity for all people to pause from that intensity and rest, reflect and relax.”
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  • * Lastly but still fun and interesting, the NFL football season typically starts around the holiday weekend and most teams play their first official season game Labor Day weekend.

 

Whatever you are doing or wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend and taking a break from work!