So, what’s this holiday really all about? Well, according to The U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, is the first Monday in September; 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.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. WOW, I thought it was just about going to the beach and having BBQ’s LOL. It is actually nice to have a day off and this year we will be going tubing and paddle boarding down the river. Oh, don’t get all excited! I should rather say, my family will be doing that. My sister-in-law and I will be on shore preparing lunch so it will be ready when the rest of the family gets off of their 4 hour ride. You hear me, 4 hours. Am I a sissy or what? I just can hang that long on a tube ya know…..oh well, at least I know we will eat good LOL
An illustration of the first Labor Day parade, held on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, and to host a festival for the workers and their families.
After the first celebration in New York City, other localities began to pick up the idea for a fall festival of parades and picnics celebrating workers. Here, the Women’s Auxiliary Typographical Union takes part in a Labor Day parade (undated).
Whatever you are doing today, I hope it is fun and relaxing! Oh and stay safe out there!!!