Monday September 5th was such an important holiday, and few of us can explain it well to kids. Here is a quick refresher!
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the achievements of American workers and constitutes a yearly national tribute to our country.
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some show that it is Peter J. McGuire, a member of a worker’s organization. Others believe it is Matthew McGuire, a member of what was considered a more proper trade union. Recent research supports Matthew.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday. By 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many cities in our country.
Today, as you know, Labor Day is a major national holiday and represents to us all a re-focus from summer fun to a more business-like frame of mind.
Main idea! We are a country built on hard work, and we now have a wonderful holiday to celebrate it.