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Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. For most Americans, the Labor Day weekend symbolizes the end of summer. Three-day trips to the beach, a family cook-out, or a day on the lake with friends are just some of America’s favorite ways to celebrate.


Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and was referred to as the working man’s holiday.

In the late 1800’s American workers including children as young as 5 worked 12 hour days seven days a week. Often these Americans worked in factories, mills, mines and fields to help put food on the table and a roof over their heads. They faced extremely poor and unsafe working conditions.

Labor unions first appeared in the late 18th century; they began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor working conditions and demanded change. Many of these events ended in violence. Others gave rise to a longstanding tradition, on September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.

As we celebrate Labor Day this year, let us remember the sacrifice of our forefathers made in order for us to have safe and fair working conditions. We also would like to thank all those Americans that will be working this holiday protecting, serving and taking care of their fellow Americans.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day.

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