It is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of employees in the United States. In the United States Labor Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday in September as a holiday for the labor movement in America.
It is the last blast of the summer vacation season. Monday, September 3, 2012 is Labor Day, in the U.S. The holiday will be celebrated by families around the country with picnics, barbecues, road trips, and sports events.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, 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.
In the late 19th century, Labor Day celebrations focused mainly on parades in towns and cities. However, the holiday evolved over the years to honor organized labor with fewer parades, and more activities.
There is a fair bit of controversy about who should be credited for Labor Day coming into existence. Sure, former President Grover Cleveland signed it into law in 1894, but there are mainly two men with similar sounding surnames — Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and Matthew Maguire, member of International Association of Machinists — whose mentions come up when the history of Labor Day is traced back. However, the debate on who among the two conceived the idea of Labor Day is still raging.
Apart from being the unofficial end to summer, the day also marks the unofficial end of hot dog season. According to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, it is estimated that Americans end up devouring seven billion hot dogs per year between Memorial Day (May 27) and Labor Day.
A fashion trend on Labor Day, which has been discontinued in the recent years, called for people to not step out dressed in white garments after the holiday was over. The tradition dated back to the Victorian era when people traditionally wore white when vacationing in their summer cottages, till Labor Day, which put an unofficial end to the season. After Labor Day, people would traditionally opt for colors which were more appropriate for the upcoming Fall — a trend that is no longer observed, what with white becoming the go-to color for every season.
The woman with a red and white polka dotted scarf tied around her head and flexing her biceps has become an iconic symbol for woman laborers over the ages. The poster — called Rosie the Riveter — was designed by artist J. Howard Miller. She stood as a symbol of feminism and a morale booster for women working in factories during World War II. In 2016, reality star and model Kendall Jenner recreated the image as part of a campaign to encourage women to go out to vote in the election.
Labor Day is often the busiest time of the year, as everyone is driving to some place, whether to spend quality time with their family and relatives or spend it with friends, making the most of the last bit of summer. Some of the places frequented by holiday-goers are South Beach Florida, Myrtle Beach, and Coney Island.
It won’t be a Labor Day story without some interesting facts about the very people the Labor Day is dedicated to — workers in various fields of the social structure who contribute to the progress of the country. It is estimated that U.S. workers punched in an estimated 1,790 hours per year. The level of dedication to work is impressive, especially considering these workers take on average about 25.4 minutes to get to work.
The first Labor Day celebration was in 1882.
It was a parade planned by the Central Labor Union in New York, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Oregon, however, was the first state to pass a law making Labor Day a holiday in 1887.But it wasn’t a legal holiday everywhere …
The Encyclopedia Britannica says the massive Pullman Strike happened in the summer of 1894, when workers boycotted the railroads to fight for safe conditions, normal schedules, and living wages. To honor the labor movement after this, President Grover Cleveland officially declared Labor Day a national holiday, according to History.com.The holiday is meant to honor the nearly 160 million working Americans.Other countries celebrate Labor Day on May 1 instead.
The rest of the world calls it International Workers’ Day, and it’s pretty similar to our Labor Day sentiment, according to CNN. Some people have celebrations and parades, while others use the day to advocate for workers’ rights.It’s the third most popular day of the year to have a cookout.
It falls behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, according to a consumer survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. So all the people who aren’t spending the day shopping or working are probably firing up the grill.There used to be a fashion rule saying you couldn’t wear white after Labor Day.