Usually school starts after Labor Day, but this year, school started a week ago. So, children all over Virginia are enjoying their first 3-day weekend! Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States. In the USA, Labor Day is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday of September. Today is that day! We hope that you are barbequing and safely enjoying time with family and friends.
This holiday had its origins in the late 1800’s. It was created during the labor-union movement (specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest). We can thank those early movements to give us balance in our lives.
In the United States, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887, and by the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. For many other countries, Labor Day is linked with International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1.
With unemployment rates ridiculously high and such a shortage of people that actually are willing to work, most businesses are feeling the pinch! This year, all small businesses in the United States are grateful for anyone who is working. We are greatly appreciative for those that are showing up! Today, we celebrate YOU, for showing up!
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