September 4 aka the Labor Day, a valuable occasion for the America’s hardworking labor is more than just a federal holiday. The summer concludes with the 3-day weekend, when every corner of the cities shuts down soon. Here’s the facts to know about the Labor Day celebrations in America.
The day recognizes the most precious assets of the economy, and pays respect to their hard work, recalls their past struggles and making the place better for the labor. The weekend goes on with Americans visiting beaches, partying, shopping or having get togethers.
This, 3-day tribute to the workmen is set at peak on the first Monday of September every year acknowledging the struggles and sacrifices of the workers to gain their respect and rights.
This celebration promotes the idea of maintaining a work-life balance, where one should spend time with their friends and families as well.
History Behind Labor Day Celebrations
The Labor Day has its origin back in 19th when the workers were severely exploited and had a hard time. They were forced to work overtime in dangerous conditions while being underpaid. During the peak of Industrial Revolution, people were suppressed under poverty and workers worked about 12-hours every day including weekends to manage their minimal lifestyle. Children of 6-7 years were working in mines, mills and factories to support their families.
Over time, the labor unions were established that marked starting of strikes and protests for supporting the workers, increasing wages and providing safe conditions to work in. The Haymarket Riot (1886) in Chicago, was one of these movements in which many workers and policemen were killed.
September 5, 1882, marked the first Labor Day parade held in New York City, where about 10,000 workers took unpaid off to march for their rights. Many such events lead to everlasting traditions. Till date, the day is celebrated with parades and speeches from the officials to recognize the importance of this holiday.
According to the labor department, “New York was the first state to introduce a Labor Day bill.”
Becoming a National Holiday!
Back in 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the law passed for making the first Monday of September a national holiday for the workers across the country.
The act not only marked the significance and tribute for the workers’ history, but also brought the country closer and united, enhancing the understanding and significance of democracy.