Labor Day will be observed this Monday, Sept. 3. This holiday — which is also known as the unofficial end of summer — is always observed on the first Monday in September, allowing for families and friends to get together for one more long weekend for picnics and outings.
The following are things to know about the weekend according to the U. S. Department of Labor website.
Labor Day was created during a labor movement.
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 was held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882.
This happened in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The first Monday observance happened in 1884. The Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations.
There’s a dispute on who first proposed Labor Day.
According to some records, it was Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, who first suggested a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Many believe, however, that it was machinst Matthew Maguire who founded the holiday.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.
The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Labor Day is often observed in a variety of ways.
According to wikipedia.org, the holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key. Events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess.