For many, Labor Day is known as the last official holiday of the summer where we can enjoy a long weekend of warm weather, white clothes and BBQ’s. Did you know that Labor Day has some deep roots in American history? Falling on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, success, and security of our country. Today we’re sharing some interesting facts about our favorite September holiday. Enjoy!
- The first Labor Day was actually on a Tuesday in 1882 in New York City and planned by the Central Labor Union to recognize the achievements of men and women in the US workforce. On that day, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to 42nd street where they enjoyed a picnic, speeches and concerts.
- In 1887, Labor Day was officially designated on the first Monday of September. Oregon was the first state to recognize Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887 and by 1894, 23 other states had followed suit.
- In the 19th century, workers were accustomed to work 12-hour days, 7 days a week. The Adamson Act passed in September 1916 established the eight-hour work day that for many is the “standard” work day.
- According to historians, the idea of “no white after Labor Day” came from when the wealthy would return back from their holidays and trade their lightweight, white clothing for their work and school attire.
However you decide to celebrate the day, we hope that you enjoy some time with your friends and family in recognition of the valuable contribution you make!