Happy Labor Day! I don’t know where the time has gone. I’m already seeing, besides the obvious, Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor lining the shelves of area stores. Too much! Nevertheless, it is September and Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye.
For our family, and I imagine yours too, this particular holiday marks the end of the summer and begins the preparation for our the two major holidays. When I think about how fast time is moving, I’m not sure we really think about which holiday we’re celebrating or why.
So, to commemorate this holiday and the end of another summer come and gone, I thought it would be fun to share a few fun facts about Labor Day. I would love to take credit for all this knowledge, but this brain only holds so much. I’m thankful someone somewhere is keeping notes.
According to the United States Department of Labor:
- Labor Day, was created by the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It was designed to pay tribute to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
- The first recognition came from municipal ordinances between 1885 and 1886. It wasn’t until 1894 that Congress passed the act making the 1st Monday of September a legal holiday.
- It’s unclear but often disputed who the founder of Labor Day was, but what is not disputed is that the Central Labor Union (CLU) was behind the proposal. The CLU appointed a committee and a demonstration and picnic planned.
- The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.
And Just for fun, can you answer this question correctly?
Enjoy a safe holiday and remember to give thanks to all the hard working men and women who have made us such a prosperous nation. Happy Labor Day 2017!
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