Sometimes we celebrate having a day off without even taking the time to understand why. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of this day being celebrated as a national holiday. It is a celebration of workers and their achievements. It actually started out of a dark time for the American worker. In the late 1800s the state of labor was grim as US workers toiled under bleak conditions with 12 or more hour workdays, hazardous work environments, meager pay and children as young as 5 were often fixtures at plants and factories.
In September 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, which is believed to be the first Labor Day parade in U.S. History. Following the parade, several states started passing legislation recognizing a “labor day,” though Congress wouldn’t create a national holiday until 12 years later. It was first signed into law on June 28, 1894, by President Grover Cleveland.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker.
Many call Labor Day the unofficial end of summer and the official beginning of football season, the election season, the first frost and fall colors.
We hope that you all have a wonderful day. For those of you who mourn summer slipping away, Memorial Day is only 267 days away!
Sources: excerpts from The Department of Labor and USA Today