Labor Day weekend is a great time to get together with your fellow Jaycees – fire up the BBQ, ice down some drinks, and remember all the fun and good moments you had over the summer. Historically, the first Monday in September is a day to celebrate the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, well-being, and prosperity of our nation.
First becoming a federal holiday in 1894, the Labor Day celebration traditionally includes a parade honoring workers of local union and trade organizations. Since its beginnings, the weekend has grown to represent a substantial retail component for many stores, second only to the Christmas season. As the weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, most children view it negatively, as school is just around the corner, if not already in session.
For your next get together, try throwing these facts around…it will, once again, make you the expert of the holiday!
- As of 2013, there were about 155 million people in the civilian labor workforce
- The 8-hour work day was established in 1916, under the Adamson Act
- Henry Ford is credited with closing his plants on Saturday and Sunday – creating the 5 day work week
- The largest single group of workers (retailers – about 4.3 million) are usually working on Labor Day
- Traditionally, white should not be worn after Labor Day…however, that particular faux pas is becoming less socially enforced
- The weekend brings the start of the college football season, with pro games following during the week
- Another country celebrating Labor Day – China. They celebrate workers and unions on May 1st each year
Now that you’ve been educated with some quick facts to make you the instant expert, accept those party invitations with no fear! Tell us about your plans – relaxation or excitement? How will you finish off your summer? Our Facebook and Twitter pages are always open!