Today is Labor Day
Today is Labor Day
Labor Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday of September to celebrate the end of the summer. This holiday celebrates the end of the summer with the last picnic, the last BBQ and hopefully the last of the heat for the season.
During my research of this holiday there are conflicting accounts of how this day came to be.
I’ll share both and you can make up your own mind.
1.) It’s said the in Matthew Maguire, a machinist, was serving as Secretary of Central Labor Union of New York proposed the holiday.
2.) Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor proposed the holiday after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada.
Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers’ Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday. 
Labor Day is also an important sales weekend for retailers. Some claim it to be one of the largest sales weekends, second to Black Friday. Unfortunately, some employees in the retail sector work on Labor Day and work long hours due to the importance of the sale weekend, HUGE kudos to those employees. Labor Day has come to be the symbolic end of the summer.
In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association holds their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race. 
In the U.S., most school districts that started summer vacation in early June will resume school the day after this day while schools that had summer vacation begin on the Saturday before Memorial Day in late May will have already been in session since late August. However this tradition is changing as many school districts end in early June and begin mid-August. 
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