On the first Monday in September people all across the United States enjoy a little extra time away from their jobs as we celebrate Labor Day. It’s a great holiday to share with friends and family as we start to say farewell to the summer.
The origin of Labor Day goes back to the time of the American Industrial Revolution. It was first celebrated in New York City on September 5th, 1882 by members of the Central Labor Union. Workers took a day off to have a picnic and enjoy the fruits of their labors. They agreed to make this an annual event, and the following year the concept began to spread around the country. By 1894 it had gained so much attention that it was turned into a national holiday.
Back in the late 1800’s conditions were deplorable for the American worker. Men, women and children struggled to get work in locations that offered extremely long hours, hazardous environments and very low pay. Over time the people who suffered through these difficult circumstances banded together to form unions and demand shorter shifts, safety measures and reasonable wages. This led to the establishment of the first Labor Day, which started with a parade designed to show the “strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” and celebrate the American workforce.
Over time working conditions improved, and today it’s hard to imagine what people once endured just to survive. This Labor Day we can continue to celebrate the spirit of the American worker and be grateful for the efforts of people who helped shape the working conditions we now enjoy.
Labor Day is a great occasion to find old friends and family members and share a 3 day weekend. Of course not everyone has the day off, and here at PeopleFinders we salute the people who keep the country operating efficiently even while many of us are enjoying a little rest and relaxation. Have a Happy Labor Day, and thank you for reading our People Search blog.