Happy Labor Day Weekend Widdershins!
Posted September 3, 2016on:
From the Dept. of Labor’s’ website:
Labor Day: What it Means
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.
Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
With that information about the holiday, I’ve created a slideshow of images reflecting what many Americans do on their Labor Day Holiday weekend; whether it is enjoying some time at the beach, visiting an amusement park, or just a good old-fashioned cookout. So enjoy the slideshow and also enjoy your holiday! We’ll be back with a new post after the long weekend.
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