Labor Day is such a significant day for all workers around the world. Although not all countries celebrate this day on 1st September, the idea behind it is similar. This is the time when workers get time to sit back and enjoy the company of their families and friends.
Many people around the world celebrate this holiday with road trips, sports events, picnics, and barbecues. Labor Day is also viewed is the final blast of summer. We all give credit to the Labor Movement that dates back to over a hundred years ago for the establishment of this holiday.
For most countries, Labor Day is linked with, or synonymous with, International Workers’ Day, that’s celebrated on 1st May. Some other countries celebrate Labor Day on a different date, paying tribute to the Labor movement in their country.
Labor Day is now a federal holiday and many schools, government offices, and, businesses remain closed on this day. Families get an opportunity to engage in various fun activities that include parties, athletic events, and parades, as well as fireworks, barbecues, and trips.
People in the US celebrates Labor Day every year on the first Monday of September as a holiday for the labor movement. The day is dedicated to the employees’ social and economic achievements in the US. Most industrialized nations consider Labor Day as a time to respect, celebrate and reflect upon all workers all over the world.
In 1882, the Central Union Labor and the Knights of Labor organized the first Labor Day Parade held in Union Square, New York. Oregon declared Labor Day an official holiday, and it became the first state legalize it.
President Grover Cleveland and the United States Congress established Labor Day as a national holiday in 1894. The holiday was created to honor Hardworking US citizens. So, while everyone is enjoying their brews, barbecues, and several fun activities during Labor Day, let’s share some more interesting facts about this holiday.
Labor Day honors the hard-working citizens of the United States. So while everyone is enjoying their barbecues and brews, impress friends and family by sharing some fun facts about Labor Day:
1. Due to a high number of people who aren’t at work and are free to go shopping, several businesses and retailers have maximized Labor Day as a retail sale. Interestingly, the day is now very popular for shoppers, and that has made it the second biggest ‘sale’ day in the US. Black Friday is the first one.
2. In the late 1800s, the time when Labor Day was declared a holiday in the US, many Americans workers use to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It was the period of Industrial Revolution in the United States, and workers had no other choice but to work that much to make a living.
3. The creators picked the first week of September to celebrate Labor Day since it lies between 4th of July and Thanksgiving. On September 5th, 1882, the first Labor Day parade in the New York City. It was on Tuesday, not Monday as you would expect.
4. About 10,000 New York workers participated in the US first-ever Labor Day parade. Those workers were on unpaid leave.
5. The person who proposed Labor Day in the United States is still unknown, but it is believed either Peter McGuire or Mathew Maguire who came up with the idea of creating Labor Day holiday. Peter was a member of Brotherhood of Carpenters while Mathew was a member of International Association of Machinists. It hasn’t been established who was actually the first to propose the holiday in the US.
6. Labor Day signals the start of football season. Also, it is the last day before kids go back to school.
7. In 1872, Labor Day began in Toronto, Canada but quickly made its way south to the United States. Initially, it started as a demonstration of workers demanding their rights.