Happy Labor Day from all of us here at Jurgielewicz & Son! We wish you a safe and happy weekend full of good food, happy memories, and – as always – lots of duck!
“When we think of Labor Day, it’s usually associated with the end of white pants season, a three-day weekend, and last-hurrah summer cookouts. But there’s a lot you don’t know about the federal holiday. Learn about the history behind Labor Day with these fun facts. Oh, and FYI: It falls on September 2 this year!
The first Labor Day celebration was in 1882.
It was a parade planned by the Central Labor Union in New York, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Oregon, however, was the first state to pass a law making Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
But it wasn’t a legal holiday everywhere.
The Encyclopedia Britannica says the massive Pullman Strike happened in the summer of 1894, when workers boycotted the railroads to fight for safe conditions, normal schedules, and living wages. To honor the labor movement after this, President Grover Cleveland officially declared Labor Day a national holiday, according to History.com.
The holiday is meant to honor the nearly 160 million working Americans.
Other countries celebrate Labor Day on May 1 instead.
The rest of the world calls it International Workers’ Day, and it’s pretty similar to our Labor Day sentiment, according to CNN. Some people have celebrations and parades, while others use the day to advocate for workers’ rights.
It’s the third most popular day of the year to have a cookout.