Labor Day is a significant holiday in the United States with a long and fascinating history. On September 6th, 2021, a special holiday will be observed in honor of workers. How much do you truly understand about this national holiday? Continue reading to learn more.
What is Labor Day and Why and How do We Celebrate?
Labor Day in 2021 is celebrated on Monday, September 6, which is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September, honors the contributions and achievements of American workers. People like to gather barbecues, picnics, and other outdoor activities.
How did it Begin?
As the trade union and labor movements grew in the late nineteenth century, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. The Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City, promoted “Labor Day.”
Oregon was the first state in the United States to declare it a public holiday in 1887. Thirty states in the United States officially celebrated this day by the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894.
On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid leave off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, marking the first Labor Day parade in American history.
Acceptance in the legal system
The event’s popularity spread throughout the country. Oregon was the first state in the United States to declare Labor Day a public holiday in 1887.
By 1894, thirty states in the United States were officially celebrating Labor Day. That year, Congress passed legislation designating the first Monday of September as Labor Day and declaring it a federal holiday. On June 28, President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law.
The federal law, on the other hand, only made it a holiday for federal employees. Unions encouraged workers to strike as late as the 1930s to ensure they got the day off. Subscriptions are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories.
Unofficial End of Summer
Because it marks the end of the cultural summer season, Labor Day is known as the “unofficial end of summer”. Many people take two-week vacations during the two weeks following this day. Many fall activities, such as school and sports, get underway around this time.
Many school districts in the United States resume classes around this holiday weekend . Some start the week before it, making Labor Day weekend the first three-day weekend of the school year, while others return the Tuesday after the day off. Many school districts in the Midwest are starting school after the day off.
First Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, which was established after Workers Day had already become a holiday, was the first to be led by a woman: Frances Perkins.
Perkins assisted President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration in implementing labor policy changes following the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, which killed 146 people.
The Labor Department has also had the most female secretaries, with six in total.
Labor Day Sales
Labor Day has become an important weekend for discounts and allowances by many retailers in the United States, particularly for back-to-school sales, in order to take advantage of large numbers of potential customers with time to shop.
According to some retailers, it is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, second only to Black Friday during the holiday season.
Is It A Patriotic Holiday
Finally, the name Labor Day is self-explanatory. Its goal is to recognize American workers, unions, and their contributions to society. It enables us to value the eight-hour work day, lunch and 15-minute breaks, weekends, child labor laws, sick and maternity leaves, and livable wages. Before the turn of the twentieth century, all of these were considered socialist fantasies.
Not only does Labor Day give us one last chance to take summer mini-vacations to the beach and other destinations with our families and friends, but it also allows people in today’s society to reflect on the unsafe working conditions that existed during the Industrial Revolution and realize how far our society has progressed since then. Having said that, Labor Day is fast approaching.
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