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Why Do We Have Labor Day

Labor-dayCelebrate Labor Day with the right facts behind you.

Labor Day is more than just a day off work, it has meaning and history, but not many people really know what it is.

Symbols of Labor Day Reflecting the Best of America

Indeed the very first celebration of Labor Day was a march in New York City to protest the harsh hours workers were required to work, the low wages they earned, the working conditions as well as the child exploitation they felt was occurring. 

Who introduced the concept of Labor Day to the unions back in 1882? Historians do not know which one of the two actually started it but it is between Peter McGuire and Matthew Maguire.  Both men were active in the American labor movements and both of them saw a need to start taking a stand against conditions they thought were deplorable. 

When congress approved Labor Day as a national holiday in 1894 it was with the intention that hard workers should be given a day of rest just because of how incredibly hard they worked coupled with how that hard work was positively impacting the industrial revolution in America. Labor Day is celebrated with parties, awards and parades.

Considering how hard most people work it is no wonder that we take full advantage of this day off so we can have a little down time with our family and friends.

On that day we will once again acknowledge the social and economic impact of the worker on our country.  We will celebrate the strength, ingenuity, creativity and resulting prosperity that the worker has brought to the country and we will find time to have just a bit of fun with those close to us.

Abby Terlecki

Abby
Terlecki

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