The first Monday in September is coming up quickly, and you know what that means – Labor Day. This historic American holiday marks the end of summer and is often celebrated with festivals, music, and sports.
Although it’s celebrated nationwide, the origin of Labor Day is often overlooked.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to take a holiday for granted. When you work hard, an official holiday becomes little more than a saved vacation day. The only reason we even recognize Labor Day as a holiday is because of hard workers like you.
The origin of Labor Day tells a story of the strength and success of America.
One of the greatest foundations of the United States was its labor force. Without the strength and dedication of the American worker, the US would see little of the economic and social success it does today.
The Central Labor Union proposed that America needed a “workingmen’s holiday.” Soon after, the first Monday in September was chosen as the annual date for Labor Day.
While Labor Day didn’t become official state legislation until 1887, people began celebrating as early as 1882. The first unofficial Labor Day was celebrated in New York City, but celebrations quickly expanded nationwide thanks to widespread support for the holiday.
The ways of the workforce may have changed since 1882, but Americans have been celebrating the same way since the 19th century.
Modern Labor Day celebrations mirror those of the original holiday proposal.
The same proposal that chose the day of the holiday also outlined how people should celebrate.
The proposal outlined a series of activities beginning with a parade to show the prosperity and success of the workers. Following the parade there were festivals for the workers and their families that featured speeches from prominent men in society.
Sound familiar? Many families today head to music festivals, throw a barbecue, or watch a parade.
Knowing the history of a holiday adds some depth to the celebration. When celebrating this year, remember not only those who work hard now, but those who worked hard to earn this day off for you in 1882.
As Labor Day gets closer, keep an eye on what events will happen in Madison, Wisconsin.
What are your plans for this weekend? Be sure to share them with us during your next visit to Zimbrick Nissan. If you’re getting on the road, consider stopping by our Service Department for a pre-road trip inspection. All of us hope you have a fun, safe Labor Day, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.