Set aside your work and fire up the grill – it’s Labor Day!
Labor Day is on the first Monday of September every year. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor unions’ strengths of and contributions to the United States’ economy.
What Labor Day Means
For most people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and a chance to say goodbye to the summer. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events.
But why is it called Labor Day?
Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada.
“Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor.
“All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”
Some Facts about Labor Day:
Did you know?
- In many other countries, May Day (May 1st) is the day working people are honored, though the date of 1 May was chosen because the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of 1 May 1886.
- 214 million Americans (67 percent) plan to grill out this year on Labor Day while 115 million Americans (36 percent) plan to watch a movie at a theater or at home.
- A fashion tradition is never to wear white after Labor day. White clothing is usually worn in the summer to keep cool and Labor Day marks the end of summer.