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Labor Day

Labor Day

 

 

Though the official start of fall is still a few weeks away, many people are already getting into the autumn spirit and the holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer – Labor Day.  But what is Labor Day all about?

Traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in September, it is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to social and economic achievements of American workers.  It’s our yearly national tribute to all of the contributions that these workers have made to the prosperity of our nation.

According to dol.gov, the first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.  It was celebrated again on September 5, 1883 and in 1884 the first Monday in September was chosen to be the official holiday.  The Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow this example and celebrate the working man’s holiday and the idea spread.

The celebrations honoring this holiday was outlined in the first proposal and included a parade to exhibit to the public the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations of the community followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

That has evolved into things like white clothing parties where guests where white clothing to celebrate the end of the summer season as it was a fashion faux paus to wear white after Labor Day, with beach parties, backyard cookouts, and, of course, parades.  Whatever you choose to do, be sure to thank your local neighborhood laborers who contribute so much to making our communities a success!

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