Monday, September 5, 2011

Are You Celebrating?



­For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.
The first Labor Day parade occurred Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The workers' unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea spread across the country, and some states designated Labor Day as a holiday before the federal holiday was created.
President Grover Cleveland signed a law designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day nationwide. This is interesting because Cleveland was not a labor union supporter. In fact, he was trying to repair some political damage that he suffered earlier that year when he sent federal troops to put down a strike by the American Railway Union at the Pullman Co. in Chicago, IL. That action resulted in the deaths of 34 workers.

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day!  I am taking the day off, too,  a rest from blogging, and will return on Wednesday.

Hugs,



9 comments:

sunny said...

Enjoy your time off! I've been celebrating all weekend, and will be driving all day today....

Gene Black said...

Enjoy your day off...no need to reply to this either!

Tonya said...

Have a nice time with your family!

Needled Mom said...

I hope you have enjoyed a delightful weekend with your daughter.

Sheila said...

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Labor day weekend .

Impera_Magna said...

I have a house-full.. the grandchildren are playing a game on the kitchen table (lots of laughter) and the kids are starting to organize and pack for the drive home this afternoon. Lots of fun... I'm going to miss them all!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Marydon said...

Enjoy your visit & be safe on the road, sweetie.

Have a beautiful holiday ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

crafty pug said...

enjoy!!!!
xx

Barb in Atlanta said...

Enjoy the time with your family, and be safe.

And - thanks for the e-mail to me informing me that my blogger account was not set up right for e-mail. I think I've set it up correctly now. Please let me know if I'm still not set up correctly.

Be safe!

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