The kids are going back to school and the end of summer is quickly approaching. But, before we start packing lunches and closing the pool, we get one more holiday to enjoy the end of summer; Labor Day! Many people associate Labor Day with BBQ, picnics, and family/friend gatherings, but this hasn’t always been the case. I thought it would be fun to do a little research on the history of Labor Day. Here are some interesting facts that I didn’t know!
- Labor Day began in Toronto, Canada in 1872, but quickly made its way to the States.
- The first Labor Day occurred on September 5, 1882 in New York City.
- Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday in 1887.
- The holiday’s origins stems back to the 1880s when the average American worked 12 hour days 7 days a week. Children ages 5-6 worked in factories and mines.
- People avoided wearing white clothing after Labor Day as it officially marked the end of summer.
- Labor Day began as a demonstration for workers’ rights but is modernly seen as an opportunity to celebrate the end of summer.
- Labor Day is called the “unofficial end of summer” because it marks the end of the cultural summer season.
- In other countries, May 1st (May Day) is the day working people are honored. The majority of Europe celebrates May Day.
I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! Enjoy the “unofficial end of summer”!
Written by Lindsay Olewniczak
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