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Labor Day? What’s that?!

It’s almost a resounding silence across the generation that Labor Day among other holidays isn’t being celebrated as much as it used to. At least that's what it feels like. This led to a curiosity of why? Is the Labor force dying?

In the best way to explain this is to look at the history of what Labor Day is first.

According to Wikipedia, Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers; their development and achievements in the United States of America. It normally falls on a 3-day weekend, which is a deserved nationally across the United States.

Now, without going into the full history of it all, Labor Day was first proposed in the early 1880s and with over seven different renditions of where it originated from, it was set aside to be a day, specifically honoring the labor workers.

But why did we need this holiday?

Well, apparently, our country did NOT recognize the contributions of workers and the history of labor, so Labor Day was created as a way to recognize local workers. As a matter of fact, the reason most people didn’t wear white after Labor Day was a subtle way of showing you they were not doing any manual labor at all. As a matter fact, when the seasons changed, wealthy people just packed the whites up and put them away to show the deal was done!

Labor Day honors those who fought for the rights of workers who are not getting paid for your wages and to support the labor movement of the 19 century. Now because of this, we have a 40 hour work week, benefits, paid time off, sick leave, and safe working conditions. The holiday celebrates American workers, unions, and labor years.

Ways you can celebrate and support the labor, mints and fight against unfair, wages, and benefits, which obviously still happened today, here are some proper ways to celebrate Labor Day this weekend :

  1. You can attend a Labor Day parade, or a festival or event of some kind.

  2. You can host a Labor Day party

  3. Go to someone else’s picnic to bring the goodies

  4. Take a break and do something you enjoy like watch a football game, go, swimming, take a nap

  5. Go shopping and take advantage of labor deals

  6. Drop off goodies and treats to local laborers like

  7. Relax and Do nothing

Whatever you decide to do...just enjoy it!!!

Learn more facts about Labor Day and what it was made for?!?? Here are more resources on Labor Day history facts to take a look at:

Labor Hall of Honor

Curious about America’s labor leaders? Check out the Labor Hall of Honor to learn more about the men and women who have improved working conditions, wages, and quality of life for America's working families.

Hall of Secretaries

Twenty-nine people have served as Secretary of Labor. Visit our Hall of Secretaries to learn more about how their leadership influenced work in America.

History Snapshot

What happened on the first Labor Day? It was almost a disaster.

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