Labor Day

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What is Labor Day?

Labor day is a U.S. holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September. Labor day was created as a U.S. holiday in the late 19th century to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers. Labor day was made a national Holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. Labor day is notably celebrated in the U.S. with parades, barbecues, fireworks, picnics, and retail shopping.

The History of Labor Day 

During the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, American workers were subjected to poor working conditions, 12 hour workdays, 7 day work weeks, dismal pay, child labor, and insufficient work breaks. These conditions led to labor unions gaining more traction across the country to negotiate better pay and better working conditions for laborers.

The first celebration of labor day commenced on September 5, 1882 in New York city by the Central labor Union. By 1894, 23 states had adopted the Labor day holiday, celebrating the strength and prosperity of U.S. workers. The celebration of Labor day by 23 states led President Grover Cleveland to declare the first Monday of September as the national labor day holiday on June 28, 1894.


Celebrate Labor Day

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Labor day is celebrated by many Americans in different ways. In the past, Labor day was celebrated with large gatherings, outdoor concerts, family parties, picnics, and barbecues. This year, you may be celebrating differently. In the times of a global pandemic, families and friends are encouraged to observe Labor day while practicing safe social distancing. Maybe you'll have a barbecue with family and friends in your immediate household instead of hosting a family reunion. Maybe you'll take a social distance walk with loved ones and go by family homes to wave hello.

The important thing about Labor Day holiday is to celebrate. Celebrate the time off of work to spend it with those who truly matter, friends and family. Now, more than ever we should be cultivating friendships and relationships. Check in on your friends and family this holiday!

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