September 6, 2010
Happy Labor Day!
The first celebration of labor day occurred on September 5, 1882 in NYC. Lucky us, we get to celebrate this year’s labor day on its exact 128th anniversary! (Even though it wasn’t technically a federal holiday util 1894, we still consider its 1882 celebration as the initiation…and technically we take work/school off on Monday and the 5th is Sunday this year…but it counts!)
A little background: President Grover Cleveland made the labor movement’s reconciliation as a top priority in politics after a number of workers were killed accidentally while the military and US Marshals were in charge of handling a strike. In order to mend ties between workers and government, then, Cleveland quickly led a bill to pass through Congress, making Labor Day a national holiday.
128 years later, we celebrate Labor Day in America by marking it as the end of summer and as the beginning of football season! NCAA football kicks off on Labor Day weekend while the NFL season waits an extra few days before kickoff.
Lots of people celebrate with one last hoorah of a barbecue or partaking in other summer adventures before school starts, weather turns gloomy, etc. etc. However you celebrate your labor day, be sure to be safe! Celebrate well!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am