For many of us Labor Day is a day of BBQ’s, picnics and the final opportunity to get school shopping done. However, it’s more than just sales, hot dogs & hamburgers. The U.S. Department of Labor defines Labor Day as the “annual tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”1 Hear! Hear!
Want to learn more? Below are 9 fun facts about Labor Day to share around the BBQ…
1. Labor Day was inspired by Canada. In the 1870s Canada proposed setting aside a day to celebrate workers.2
2. The date may fluctuate but Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September.
3. Canada also celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September but much of Europe celebrates what they call “International Workers’ Day” on May Day (5/1).
4. The United States’ first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.1
5. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the official day of recognition.1
6. In 1894 President Grover Cleveland and the U.S. Congress made Labor Day a legal holiday. (Thanks for the day off Grover!) 3
7. More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers in the U.S. Was it Peter J. McGuire or Matthew Maguire? You decide: Learn more here…
8. In the early 1900s it was considered unfashionable to wear white after Labor Day.4 These days fashion rules are much more relaxed, so feel free to wear any color you want (we’re partial to green.)
9. Labor Day unofficially represents the end of summer. (Boo!) Don’t break out your parka yet. Enjoy the day off with your family & friends and try not to think about the inevitable winter or your long list of work to-dos. As sure as the snow will fly, we’ll all be back in the hustle ‘n’ bustle on Tuesday.
From your friends at Oggi, HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!
To learn more about Labor Day and its significance in United States history, click here.