Monday is a federal holiday in the United States, but Labor Day is much more than that.Labor Day has a rich history centered around workers. This year, it has particular meaning as hundreds of thousands Americans try to get back to work. The latest jobless rate numbers show that unemployment went up from 9.5 to 9.6 percent in August.
1. Canadian Origin?
While most Americans likely consider Labor Day a uniquely American experience, but in all reality, Labor Day has its origins in Canada. Stemming from 1870’s labor disputes in Toronto, in 1872 a parade was held in support of a strike against the 58 hour workweek. As a result, 24 union leaders who were responsible for organizing the event were arrested under anti-union laws.
Labor Day festivities included "speeches, a picnic, an abundance of cigars... mounted in every conceivable place."
3. America's 1st Labor Day
The first Labor Day celebration in the United States can be traced to Sept. 5, 1882. It was designed as a way to appease city workers after numerous strikes and in some cases even violence.
4. Always On Monday
Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September every year since President Grover Cleveland declared that day Labor Day in 1894. The extended weekend helps Americans who choose to travel.
5. Summer Farewell
Originating as a celebration for the working class, Labor Day has als so evolved into the unofficial end of the summer season and for many school districts the beginning of the academic year again.