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Labor Day

September 1st, 2010 · No Comments · City Library, Events

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York. Following the example of New York, several other states decided to also honor workers by celebrating the labor and achievements of their workers with a special day. Eventually, by the year 1894, twenty-three other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28th of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. Thus Labor Day was born as a national holiday. Originally, the form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. Unlike many holidays, Labor Day is not associated with any one famous person, religion, race, folk custom or specific symbol, image or color. Today, for many families, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the return to school and more serious work related endeavors. It often represents a long weekend during which family and friends gather together for picnics, parties and barbecues.

Given the though economic times we are in today, I would like to give thanks for work. To be employed and to be able to labor, create, and strengthen our families, communities and our nation. So on behalf of myself and the library, have a safe and happy Labor Day.
See you at the picnic, parade, barbecue and the library!
~ Yvonne ~

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