Summer is almost done, school is about to start back and Labor Day is at our doorstep. Labor Day weekend is always celebrated on the first Monday of September when we pay tribute to contributions and achievements of American workers.
First celebrated in New York city on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 by the Central Labor Union (CLU), Labor Day became a holiday on February 21, 1887, by the state of Oregon, but was instituted as a federal holiday in 1894.
In fact, it originally began on April 15, 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly (TTA) planned Canada’s first significant demonstration for worker’s rights.
They organized a parade, in December 1872, to support the Toronto Typographical Union’s strike for their desire to see their work week cut back to 58 hours.
On July 23, 1894, Canadian Prime Minister John Thompson made Labor Day an official holiday, which would take place on a Monday, in September.
Labor Day commemorates workers’ alliance. It signifies, besides benefiting from a long weekend, our pride for obtaining better conditions as workers and paying our respect to the ones who fought for American workers’ rights.
On this three-day weekend many activities, in Canada as well as in the United States, are organized like barbecues, parties, fireworks, going on trips and more, but the U.S. big event is the Brooklyn parade. But most of all, it is the chance for many of us, to go on trips before the beginning of school.
You can watch this very interesting video on the history of Labor Day. It is really well made and it can be quite fascinating to learn about this important part of our history.
Below this is a great infographic, created by FlagandBanner.com, where you will find several facts and numbers about Labor Day. So check it out and meanwhile, Happy Labor Day Weekend and be safe!
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