A Little 411 on Labor Day

Since this public holiday is celebrated in the month of September on the first Monday, in this year of 2016, it will be September 5. .

Initially intended to be a tribute and to honor the labor movement in America and the workers whose contributions and achievements have created our country’s prosperity, strength, economy and well-being, it has also become a way to celebrate the end of summer and give an opportunity for a last-minute getaway vacation and a chance to take part in back-to-school sales, one of the year’s largest sale dates second only to the Christmas Black Friday.

“Labor Day” was promoted by the Knights of Labor and the Central Labor Union, and they organized the first parade in New York City on September 5, 1882. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make it an official public holiday. When it became a federal holiday on June 28, 1894, thirty states were already officially celebrating this holiday.

Labor Day is also a look forward to a new school year, the beginning of some sports such as football with the National Football League traditionally playing their kickoff game the Thursday following Labor Day, the NASCAR Southern 500 auto race being held in Darlington, South Carolina since 1950, the National Hot Rod Association holding the finals of the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and others. It is an occasion to have a street parade and a festival and picnics for workers and their families along with fireworks displays. Speeches are given by prominent citizens to place significance on the educational and spiritual aspects of the labor movement.