This coming Monday is Labor Day and marks the unofficial end of summer (this week’s weather does not feel like summer is coming to an end). We take one last weekend for pool parties, picnics and getaways. Yet Labor Day was not initially about fun, but improving quality of the working class. Below are six facts you may not have known about Labor Day. Probably the most important one nowadays is #6!
- Labor Day began in Canada in 1872. It’s original significance was a demonstration of workers demanding their rights.
- Labor Day was first celebrated in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. About 10,000 workers paraded past City Hall in New York.
- It was June 28, 1894 when the first Monday in September was made the legal holiday for Labor Day.
- In the late 1800′s the average work day was 12- hour days and 7-day weeks.
- 1916 was the year that the 8-hour work day was established.
- And probably the most important fact about Labor Day: It is the start of football season. Many teams play their first game on Labor Day weekend!
PS. Our office will be closed Monday, September 1. Make sure you get in and get your adjustment before the holiday weekend.