Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Hi Guys,

Well, this Monday, September 6, 2021 is Labor Day. Here’s a brief history of Labor day.

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, street parades and athletic events.

Happy Labor day background concept. Flat lay of construction blue collar handy tools and white collar’s accessories over wooden background with text Happy Labor day on black chalkboard.

The History of Labor Day.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. Then 12 years after that historic day, Congress finally recognized America’s laborers and legalized the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day.

Jenny

Online Reference: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1#section_1

Published by vw37785

Author of several Children's books under the Junior Rabbit Series. "A Surprise for Junior" "Loony the Loon and the Littered Lake". "Junior Rabbit Learns About Christmas," "Junior Rabbit Travels to Pennsylvania," and more. I am a retired Special education teacher with four children and twelve grandchildren. I have a passion for children reading and getting them into the habit of reading at early ages. Listen to the Let’s Talk About it with Jenny White Show every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. EST. streaming live on PJC Media Worldwide at BlogTalk Radio.com. Call 646.668.8485 to listen to the show. Press the number 1 to be live with your questions or comments.

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