Labor Day is the first Monday in September and is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. It is a tribute to the many contributions workers have made to the well-being of our country. The first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Labor Day’s first Monday celebration began in 1884.
Labor Day was first celebrated with street parades. This was to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community. This was followed by a festival to honor the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. Which soon became a pattern for the celebrating of Labor Day. Later there would be speeches by prominent men and women to emphasize the economic and civic significance of this important holiday. So, in honor of this Labor Day, let’s pay tribute to us, the creators of a large portion of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker. Take advantage of midweek openings before and after the holiday weekend for a bit of R & R, you deserve it! -Cindy