When holidays come around nothing says grilling and parades like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and of course Labor Day.
Growing up I knew that it was: 1- a day off from school! 2- we grilled something!
3- Most likely was going to see a parade in person or watch on the television. Those were the basic things that got my attention. I was a kid/teen though, so really what did anyone expect.
As an adult, I actually wanted to learn what all these holidays meant… so I began researching. Here are some interesting facts I learned about Labor Day:
1- It took more than ten years from the time the first state celebrated it to get it to be a national holiday! On June 28, 1894, Congress passed the act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
2- No one can say for sure who was actually the founder of the Labor Day celebration/ movement. There are two men who are attributed to being the Father of Labor Day!
3- The very first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.
4- Parades have been a part of Labor Day since the beginning.
5- 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.” (https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history)
So when you sit outdoors firing up your grill and celebrating your long weekend with an ice cold drink… remember that even 135 years later the dreams of those, in the beginning, have been coming true!
Below are a couple of articles I found when researching the holiday – Have a fun and safe holiday everyone!