Celebrate Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day

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Dixie Allan

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Here are a few Labor Day Fun Facts:

  1. Canada is said to have originated the idea of hosting a day honoring the labor movement. In 1872, they held a “Nine-Hour Movement” to show support for striking workers.
  2. There is disagreement about who actually proposed Labor Day as a holiday. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the cofounder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe that it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist.
  3.  In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a workingmen's holiday on that date.
  4. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
  5. On June 28,1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in honor of workers, Labor Day, in the District of Columbia and the territories.
  6. In 1916 the 8 hour work day was established by the Adamson Act, making it the first federal law regulating work hours in private companies.
  7. Although Labor Day is meant to pay tribute to American workers, many also use the day to celebrate the end of summer.
  8. Common Labor Day festivities include athletic events, parades and parties, as well as barbecues, trips, and fireworks.
  9. Today Labor Day often signals the beginning of the football season. It is also usually the last day before school starts.
  10. Many retailers and business have used Labor Day as a retail sale day because of the large number of people who are not at work and are free to shop. The day has become so popular for shoppers that it the second largest sale day in the United States.
  11. Labor Day has been traditionally the unofficial “pack up the whites” day.  Historians say the no white after Labor Day statement comes from the time that the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.