Archive for August, 2010

Labor Day

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Labor Day is a United States Federal holyday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated 1n 1882 as a Central Labor Union ( of New York City ) sought to create “a day off for the working man”. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. All fifty states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday–a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strenght and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of labor convention of 1909, the Sunday prededing Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Today, Labor Day is often regarded as a day of rest and, compared to the May 1 Labour Day celebrations in most countries, paredes, speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key, although especially in election years, events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of the summer. Some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school.