Read the full post with comments here. Originally posted 8/27/12 at 2:15 pm.
I’ve often felt that Labor Day is kind of overshadowed by other seasonal events and holidays. Labor Day unofficially signifies…
- Back to school
- End of summer (is the pool closed yet?)
- Sales (mattress/automotive/furniture…in the same vein as July 4, of course)
I hope folks know that Labor Day is really a holiday for the American worker. Started in the 1880s by labor unions, the day slowly received recognition on local and state levels, and by 1894 was a federally recognized holiday to honor those who built America. Celebrations were to include “a street 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.” (DoL)
You can read the history of Labor Day from the Department of Labor here.
What kind of Labor Day celebrations have you seen where you live? What do you think about a federal holiday to honor labor union workers?