Most people get the day off, but this holiday brings up mixed emotions. Let’s take a look at what’s behind Labor Day and what you need to know about this federal holiday.
The History of Labor Day
Labor Day is a yearly national recognition of the contributions workers have made to the success, prosperity, and well-being of the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882 in New York City. It was a parade planned by the Central Labor Union. However, Oregon was the first state to pass a law making Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
There is a dispute as to who the real founder of Labor Day is. While many people credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while some people believe that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, is who first proposed the holiday.
Labor Day Celebrates de Workforce
This holiday honors the nearly 121.2 million working employees in the United States. On the first Monday of September, workers take the day off to celebrate Labor Day and reflect on the American worker’s benefactions to our country, like weekends off work, paid vacation, eight-hour shifts, and social security.
Did you know that Labor Day is one of the most common paid holidays in the U.S? Large organizations are more likely to have some employees working on Labor Day than small businesses. And while 97% of employers give some employees Labor Day off, more than 40% of businesses will still be open and have some staff members working.
FYI: Labor Day falls on September 7th this year! It falls on a different date every year, just like Easter and Thanksgiving.
Fun Facts about Labor Day
It’s the third most popular day of the year to have a barbecue. It falls behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. So all the people who aren’t spending the day shopping or working are probably firing up the grill.
Labor Day is considered the unofficial NFL season kickoff. Most of the time, the NFL plays its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day.
Remember, while paid holidays like Labor Day are not a requirement by federal law, they are a benefit that employees find appealing. So get ready to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the 121 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce by today!