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Labor Day

labor-dayLabor Day has been celebrated in this nation for almost 130 years.  The acknowledgment was originally enacted by the labor movement to honor workers.

Labor unions pushed for the first Labor Day.  The tribute took place on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City.  The following year, a similar reflection was held.  In 1884, the recognition moved to the first Monday in September.  Within time, Labor Day sentiment spread, and other regions began valuing the day.

What are some Labor Day particulars?  Here are a few.

  • Peter McGuire, a secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, is thought to be the primary Labor Day originator.  Still, some people attribute the credit to the secretary of the International Association of Machinists, Matthew Maguire.
  • Even though President Grover Cleveland was not a supporter of labor unions, he made Labor Day a national holiday.  President Cleveland perhaps did this because he was attempting to mend some degree of political ire.  Because of him, Labor Day is a federal holiday in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the United States territories
  • The first Labor Day festivities began within view of people with a street parade.  Following the parade, leisurely activities and merriment occurred.  Today, parades are an integral part of Labor Day celebrations, as are cookouts, commemoratory speeches, outings, and other pleasurable activities.
  • A number of other countries observe their own variety of Labor Day.  Canada, England, China, and other nations pay some form of tribute to their workers.  In certain places, the day is also known as May Day and includes revelry that honors spring.

Today, many people view Labor Day has a time to celebrate all workers.  In fact, America has thrived because of the painstaking efforts of a diverse group of people.  From shoreline to shoreline and North to South, countless individuals have devoted their time, talents, and energy to make this nation strong.