Today is Labor Day and we hope that everyone is out having a wonderful and safe extended weekend with family and friends. We believe that not many people know what brought about Labor Day or even why we celebrate so, in celebration of this wonderful holiday, we are going to give you some Labor Day facts that might even help you win your next Trivia Night in Downtown Portland.
- The first Labor Day was held on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in NYC. 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched in Wendel’s Elm Park for a concert, picnic and speeches. The celebration was planned by the Central Labor Union and by 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
- In 1880 Americans typically worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week. Kids as young as 5 or 6 could work in factories.
- Congress passed the Adamson Act in 1916, which established the 8-hour workday.
- Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 although by then more than 50% of the states were already marking the occasion.
- Many countries around the world celebrate workers on May Day or International Workers Day on May 1.
- AAA Travel predicts that 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Labor Day weekend.
- For many people, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer (and no more wearing white!).
- As of July 2014, there were about 156 million Americans in the civilian labor force in the United States.
- Canada started celebrating Labor Day in Toronto in 1872 — a full decade before the United States.
- What Labor Day means according to the U.S. Department of Labor “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.”
So, we just wanted to tell everyone “Happy Labor Day” and wish you all safe travels and happy returns on this wonderful holiday. If you can, be sure to stop by and thank all of those who work very hard to make our country one of the hardest working countries in the world. This holiday is about more than just a 3-day weekend. Labor Day is about balance and equality across the labor force. Happy Labor Day!