Sunday, September 5, 2010

What is this Labor Day?

Happy Labor Day everyone...!!

Wait a minute, what exactly is this Labor Day and who do I have to thank for this day off...?
Well according to the experts at Wikipedia, this United States federal holiday is observed every year on the first Monday of the month of September.
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congressunanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to theHaymarket Affair.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.
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.
...That pretty much sums it up.
Labor Day has also become to be known as different things, such as: the official end of Summer, the start of the new school year, the beginning of the NFL season, the last chance to use your BBQ grills, your last opportunity to enjoy the weather to go camping....and alsothe last big party weekend before the first semester starts for all the college kids.

via wikipedia

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