Labor Day is that Monday in September when you get the day off from work (for most of us). Generally this means no questions are asked, right?! But do you know why we celebrate Labor Day and how it became a holiday? Let’s dig into the history!
Labor Day became a movement in 1882 when Americans were working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, just to make ends meet. Working conditions were hazardous, which led to the formation of labor unions. While some strikes turned violent, others were large groups of organized workers who took the day off to march for their rights. They were bringing recognition to the unfair working conditions they were experiencing. The first Labor Day parade was in NYC. Eventually, the Labor Day parade, and it’s meaning, caught the attention of other workers around the country. A “workingman’s holiday” to celebrate their achievements…workers were hooked! More and more states adopted the holiday. 12 years later in 1894, with the rights of workers a hot debate, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September a national holiday. Find out more information about all the events that led up to the law being signed here.
DID YOU KNOW?:
The true founder of Labor Day is still unknown. Two men, Peter J. McGuire and Matthew Maguire, are both linked to the creation of this holiday. Both were in attendance at the first Labor Day parade!
Parades in celebration of Labor Day still happen all around the country. To many, Labor Day weekend signifies the end of Summer and is celebrated with picnics and parties. According to The U.S Department of Labor, these celebrations are “very similar to those outlined by the first proposal for a holiday, which suggested that the day should be observed with – a street parade to exhibit "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.” How do you plan on celebrating?! Here in Charleston, it is still warm enough to enjoy the long weekend out on a boat, head to the beach, or just relax at home! Sloane Realty hopes you enjoy your weekend however you decide to celebrate! :)