Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day in the United States

Labor Day is one of those holidays celebrated solely in the United States. It is a Federal holiday and always observed on the first Monday in September. Celebration include picnics, barbecues, art events, water sports, and fireworks displays, all denoting the symbolic end of summer.

This image is from an old souvenir postcard celebrating Labor Day and all the day's icons.


Labor Day unofficially began on September 5, 1882 when 10,000 workers took an unpaid day-off to honor the labor force of America. They marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City. It was the first-ever Labor Day parade. This photo from Wikipedia Commons depicts that parade. Until Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, workers were not paid if they chose to participate in parades and celebrations.

This US holiday should not be confused with International Labor Day, which is celebrated on May 1, the day many countries choose to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. It is often referred to as May Day.

Want to learn more about events in your area today? Want to learn more about the history of Labor Day? This e-how article, called Celebrating Labor Day, will tell you everything you want to know and so much more. Enjoy your day of rest and celebrate the end of summer by checking out this blog article.

11 thoughtful remarks:

Diane said...

Hope you have a great day Elizabeth!!

MOLLYE said...

Thanks for sharing the factual info. It's easy to forget the origins and just view it as a last big whoopee day to end summer with. Hope yours is a good one! Hugs, Mollye

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Thanks for the great pictures and info. I'd had no idea how Labor Day began!

Dianne said...

Great post... Thanks for the history lesson! I was even able to ask my husband, the history buff, a historical question that he couldn't answer!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Great post E
Happy Labor Day!
Hope your weather is pleasant, we've finally had a cool down and it's gorgeous out ... windows open wide too ... ahhh fresh air!
oxo

elle said...

Happy Holiday, Elizabeth. Can't say I know the history but we are on holiday up here in Canada as well.

Terri Kahrs said...

Hope you're having a wonderful Labor Day, Elizabeth! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Marlynn said...

I am having a great labor day, my dear. I feel like my life is becoming my own again! Hugs!

Bea said...

A day to spend with friends and family. Hope you are having a wonderful day too. :)bea

Terri said...

Thank you so much for sharing this today : )
I had never heard this before and it is so interesting.
Hugs,
Terri

Steph said...

Thanks for sharing this information, E!!