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The History of Labor Day

The History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!   Do you remember why we had Labor Day in the first place?  I always just thought of it as the end of summer, like Memorial Day is the beginning of summer.  Memorial Day makes more sense, as we memorialize our service men and woman who gave their life for their country. Labor Day however was a bit tougher.  Taken from the Time & Date Website I found this information:

The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

So what do you think so far?  a day to celebrate unions and tradesmen, or a holiday to break up 4 months?

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. While it was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events

Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.

Did you know traditionally, people did not wear white clothes, particularly shoes, after Labor day.  Do you follow this fashion custom that is slowly dying out?  More and more people now wear white all year round, rather than just in the summer. Similarly, it is the custom to wear a straw cowboy hat from Memorial Day until Labor Day, then a felt one until Memorial Day comes around again. I had not heard of this one before.

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. For many teams, it is the start of the football season. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.

What are you doing for your Labor Day?  I plan to sort ribbon.  Watch my social media pages to get an idea of how I am doing it.  Leave a comment below and share your plans

Creatively, Carol

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