Labor Day

It’s that time of year again. School is back for most students, summer is winding down, and Halloween candy is on the shelves at your local WalMart (and don’t worry, the candy canes are surely in storage).

It’s almost the first Monday of September. In other words, it’s Labor Day Weekend.

Three day weekend? Check. Last blast of summer fun? Check. Picnics and barbecues? Done and done.

But before you start pigging out on burnt hot dogs, crispy burgers, and beer please consider this…

  • Labor Day was created by the labor movement as a day to honor the, yes, labor of the American worker. After all, without the workers, what would we have to say for ourselves?
  • The first Labor Day was officially celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. If you’re thinking, “Wait! Labor Day is on Monday not Tuesday!” you would be both correct and incorrect. The first Monday holiday was in 1884. Now that works out doubly well because of the three day weekend, right?
  • The nationwide holiday used to include parades, speeches by labor leaders, and other forms of recreation and amusement. I don’t know about you but where I live, we skip the parades and speeches. After all, if the American worker gets a day off, why shouldn’t s/he get to go get drunk and gorge on barbecued foods?

Happy Labor Day, people! Stay safe!

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