A Brief History of Labor Day and it's Meaning!

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Many holiday’s come and go and at times I’m not even sure what we are celebrating or how these days off from work even came to be! I know that may seem ignorant of me to admit, but it’s the truth!

So what to do when you aren’t sure what something means or what it’s history is, well you learn darn it!

As a Certified Professional Career Coach, I thought understanding the history and meaning of Labor Day was important. And like Oprah, I share my favorite things, and this is one of the favorite bits of knowledge I recently aquired so I am passing it along to you!

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Wow! That is pretty amazing that we have a holiday dedicated to those that work and are productive members of society!

Labor Day: Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through local ordinances passed during 1885. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment.

By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Thank you Congress!

 

How Should You Celebrate?

Well this one I will leave up to you, but if you’re a hard working American that is trying to better yourself and your family socially and economically then you sure as heck deserve to celebrate! This holiday is for you!

 

Happy Labor Day!

 

Thanks for reading

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