Labor Day – Celebrate hard work.
For some, Labor Day signifies the end of summer, for others it’s one more swim at the local pool, attending a parade, or an excuse to be with family and friends around the grill. 131 years ago in New York City an idea began to circulate that we should pause to celebrate and honor those who have worked and continue to work hard to make our country what it has become.
Controversy surrounds who actually had the idea first, some claim Peter J. McGuire, former General Secretary of the American Federation of Labor pitched the idea first, others claim that Matthew Maguire, a machinist in the International Association of Machinists put the concept on the table. While there is no historical data to back either claim, we do know that in 1894 a Senator from South Dakota, James Henderson Kyle, introduced a bill to the 53rd Congress to make it an official legal holiday.
For all of us, Labor Day is a day to relax, celebrate, and get away from the day-to-day responsibilities of the workplace.
With that in mind, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!
Want to learn more about the history of Labor Day? Full History | Department of Labor