Labor Day is kind of well known as the celebration of the end of Summer and headed back to school time of the year. A lot of people don’t even fully understand or know the reasoning behind why we celebrate Labor Day. Well, if you’re looking to get informed you’ve come to the right place. Today we are going to be talking all about Labor Day, the history, how it came about, and why we celebrate today!
Labor Day is celebrated in honor of the American Labor Movement. Back in the 1800’s the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor organized the very first Labor Day parade hosted in New York City and began moving toward making Labor Day a holiday by bringing attention to what exactly it was that they were promoting, the acknowledgement of all of those who provide work and labor on a day to day basis, those who work hard for the American Dream.
In the year 1887 Oregon became the very first state in the United States to make Labor Day an official holiday to be celebrated every year. Soon after many states followed in the trend and finally in the year 1894 it became an official Nationwide Holiday. By this time a majority of the United States had already considered it a holiday at 30 states celebrating but now it had become an official Holiday for the whole country.
Today we still continue to celebrate Labor Day as a national holiday and in the US we celebrate it on the first Monday in September. We celebrate today with various activities such as short vacations for the long weekend, parades, and quite frequently fireworks and fun activities/BBQs with our friends and family. This is known as the unofficial end of Summer and it is a great way to celebrate together, enjoy the end of the beautiful Summer weather and prepare as we head into the Fall.
Labor Day is a huge part of American History as well as several other countries being celebrated in Canada on the first Monday of September as well, and it is celebrated on the first Monday in May in over 80 other countries. As you can see, it is a world-wide known holiday and it is has so much meaning to those that work hard every day to provide for their families. That being said, remember just why we celebrate Labor Day this year when you are having a blast with your friends, family, and loved ones.