Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September - This year it fall on September 6. The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority.

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. Traditionally, Labor Day is now celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. Happy Labor Day everyone - hopefully this summer was fantastic for all!