• maryjowiseman


Updated: Nov 24, 2020

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY – a public holiday held in honor of working people

Did you know that the first Labor Day was held on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in NYC? The day was celebrated with a picnic, a concert and speeches, and 10,000 workers marched in a parade from City Hall to Union Square.

The idea of a Labor Day celebration was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader, who felt American workers should be honored with their own day. He proposed the idea to NYs Central Labor Union early in 1882.

After the inaugural celebration of this special day, it was moved to the first Monday of September. Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday in 1894.

It was to be a time set aside to “honor and recognize the labor movement and the workers and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.”

Much has happened since the early days of this special occasion. And, in light of the current situation facing our nation, it’s more important than ever before that we work together and support one another.

Let’s honor the past generation of workers (many of them our grandparents and great-grandparents) with the respect and dignity they so deserve by rising above the nasty rhetoric and destructive behavior we’re witnessing today.

Let’s have calm, thoughtful discussions about our future.

You can do this! We can do this!

As you prepare for this weekend’s celebration with family and friends, in the words of Ralph Marston –

"Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work."

Be well. Stay safe. And above all, be kind. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

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