Monday, September 5, 2011

Why Do We Have Labor Day?

Hope you' all had a great Labor Day! FYI: The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882.
Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. Military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date is observed by all U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and the territories which have made it a statutory holiday, the first Monday in September.
The holiday is regarded as a day of rest and socials. Traditionally, Labor day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white.
In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.
And one of the last, but not least, in the U.S. most school districts that started summer vacation in early to mid-June will resume school near this day.

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