Everybody loves Labor Day, but many don't know the historical significance that Labor Day possesses in the United States of America.
Labor Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of September as a holiday for the workers and laborers of America. It is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of employees in the United States. While some may see Labor Day as just a paid vacation from work, at NMY, we celebrate Labor Day for its historical value and as a reminder of the labor unions that once fought for workers rights in America.
To honor Labor Day, we've put together a list of facts about this important holiday.
1) The first celebrated Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The participants were on unpaid leave. The first Labor Day parade began that year at City Hall and ended at Wendel's Elm Park, where workers enjoyed a picnic, speeches, and concerts.
2) Many disagree about who actually proposed Labor Day as a holiday. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, but others claim that it was machinist Matthew Maguire who deserves the credit for our Labor Day holiday.
3) It is because of the Labor Day movement that the Adamson Act of 1916 was passed, establishing an 8-hour work day.
4) The "no white after Labor Day" expression is said to have come from the upper class. After their summer vacations, many would stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to work for the winter.
5) In many other countries, Labor Day is called "May Day" and is celebrated on May 1st of every year.