Do you ever really think about the holidays we celebrate? I mean, more than just “Woohoo it’s a 3 day weekend”? Well here’s a little blip about Labor Day and why it’s a national holiday. Then when you’re done reading, take a gander at my Caramel Apple Pie recipe below. Oh yes – I couldn’t post serious stuff without including a mouth watering recipe! Mmm hmm Good stuff!
Happy Labor Day!
The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City, by the Central Labor Union
of New York, the nation’s first integrated major trade union. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military
and U.S. Marshals
during the Pullman Strike
, President Grover Cleveland
put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress
unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of NY and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day
because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair
, for which it had been observed to commemorate. All 50 U.S. states
have made Labor Day a state holiday
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 strength 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.
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer
. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events.
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