Labor Day is an annual holiday which originates in Canada. This day celebrates the economic and social achievements of employees and the main idea behind this is to honor the labor movement. It falls on the first Monday of September every year. It is also considered as the unofficial end of summer.
The first Labor Day Parade was held in New York (Union Square) on Tuesday September 5th 1882. It was organized by the Central Labor Union. Oregon was the first state to celebrate lobor day as a legal holiday in 1887.
Fast Facts: –
- There was a tradition of not wearing seersucker or white clothing after Labor Day.
- Labor Day was first proposed by a machinist named Matthew Maguire while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York.
- During the 19th century most people worked for 12 long hours a day / 7 days a week in the United States.
- At that time even children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories, mines and other dangerous places.
- The Adamson Act was passed on September 3rd 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.
- The football season starts on or around this day and many teams play their first game of the league during this weekend.
- Common Labor Day festivities include: athletic events, parades and parties, as well as barbecues, family vacations, and fireworks.
- Labor Day is also classed as the unofficial end of Hot Dog Season.