Today is Labor Day in the United States and Canada. What exactly is Labor Day? Most know that Labor Day is an annual holiday observed on the first Monday in September to celebrate the economic and social achievements of laborers, which IS MOST OF US!! We bet you don’t know the history of Labor Day though?!? In 1882, the idea of a Labor Day was first proposed in New York City and was first celebrated by that union in 1884. At that time, the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. With the growth of labor organizations, the idea spread and it became a federal holiday in 1894. On June 28 of 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. In terms of US sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. What are you up to on this Labor Day? Family BBQ, resting at home, some other tradition? Whatever it is, we hope you have had a wonderful weekend. We hope that if you did in fact host a party that you did so in style and that you had a blast!!
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