Happy Labor Day! Of course holiday weekends are always something to look forward to when heading into Friday afternoon. If you’re a planner, you might already have a bag packed to hit the road for your anticipated adventure. If you live more spontaneously, you might just be looking forward to the extra opportunity for whatever surprise may come your way, but whatever you decide to do, it’s good to know you’re not alone in wanting to take some time to yourself and relax!
Of course however, that does not imply that we simply brush across the significance of each particular holiday we may, as a country, celebrate. Because today is Labor Day, we’ll focus exclusively on the importance of celebrating the hard work of men and women that came before us, on this day each year.
According to online source, https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history, the very first Labor Day began somewhere around 1887 –
“Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. After municipal ordinances were passed in 1885 and 1886, a movement developed to secure state legislation. New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York – passed laws creating a Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.”
Continue reading to learn a little more about this federal holiday and it’s foundation, or feel free to check out the following links as well:
What will you be doing to celebrate Labor Day this year? Share your favorite Labor-Day weekend activities in the comments below!