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11 Fun Fact About Labor Day!

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  1. On September 5, 1882, the Central Labor Union organized the inaugural Labor Day celebration in New York City.
  2. After a rally that began at City Hall and continued along 42nd Street,  10,000 workers and their families gathered at Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.
  3. According to legend,  Canada was the first country to celebrate a day dedicated to the labor movement. It was in 1872 when the “Nine-Hour Movement” was held to show solidarity with the striking workers.
  4. The person or people who first suggested Labor Day as a holiday are not universally agreed upon.

Fun Fact About Labor Day

  1. Peter J. McGuire has been credited as one of the AFL’s founders. Matthew Maguire, a machinist, is suspected by some.
  2. The state of Oregon established Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
  3. On June 28, 1894, it was voted to designate the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
  4. Originally established as a day to honor workers in the United States, both male, and female, Labor Day is now celebrated as a way to party it up during the dog days of summer.
  5. In the 19th century, Americans routinely put in 12-hour days, seven days a week. The Adamson Act, which mandated a maximum workday of eight hours, was signed into law on September 3, 1916.
  6. Historians attribute the origin of the phrase “no white after Labor Day” to the practice of the affluent putting away their breezy white summer garments upon returning to work and school after the Labor Day holiday.

  1. In New York City,  a Labor Day parade still travels the twenty blocks north of the 1882 labor march.
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