We all know the holiday that happens on the first Monday of September every year: Labor Day. It marks the end of summer, the beginning of football season, and a ban on white jeans. But have you ever thought about what this holiday means?
Labor Day first became law in Oregon on February 21, 1887. (Go, Oregon!) During that same year, four more states would acknowledge the day as a holiday. These states were Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. Big shout out to the early adopter states here.
The holiday was a result of the labor movement, a movement that was concerned with the common interest and needs of U.S. workers. Labor Day 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.”
The first Labor Day Parade took place in New York City, where 10,000 workers got together to parade through the city.
This Labor Day, I hope you can enjoy the day off and partake in barbeques with friends and family.
...And if you can’t get enough of U.S. workforce history, you can check out our infographic, The Living History of the Workforce, for more fun facts from 1900 to today.
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