As you may know by the circled date on your calendar, Labor Day is coming up on September 5. While it may serve as a day off, last summer hurrah and mark of the back to school season for some, there is much more to celebrate.
Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century as a tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. In 1882, an organized parade was held in New York City that brought together 10,000 people to celebrate workers. It is now observed on the first Monday in September.
Labor Day officially became a federal holiday on June 28, 1894 under President Grover Cleveland. Oregon, New York, Massachusetts and Colorado were among the first states to declare it a holiday. Some credit Peter McGuire, the cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, and others credit Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union.
Modern celebrations include parades, picnics, speeches, music festivals and weekend getaways. Every year, there is a major parade in NYC and in other cities across the United States. No matter how you choose to celebrate, keep the history of Labor Day in mind. You may even want to extend your celebrations to your employees by recognizing them for their hard work. Even something as simple as sending out a social media post shout out or emailing a quick thank you will show your appreciation.
For a full history of labor day, visit https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history.