It’s the holiday at the beginning of September that we’ve all come to know and love.
We get the day out of work, check out at parade or two, and get to relax. Then, we throw all of our white clothes in the closet until next summer rolls around!
But do you ever stop and think why we celebrate Labor Day in the first place?
Well today, we want to shed some light on the subject!
It all goes back to the first Labor Day. We celebrated it on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882.
Back then, our nation's citizens worked harder than perhaps at any other time. Many of them struggled through 12-hour workdays 7 days a week, just to earn an average (or in many cases, below-average) living.
The work days were long, and the rewards were few. And in some cases, children as young as 5 and 6 were forced to work in factories and mills under extremely dangerous conditions.
Because of labor conditions like these, labor unions decided to fight back and catch a break.
And they eventually caught a small break in the form of Labor Day. The government declared it a national holiday in order to celebrate and honor all of the hardworking Americans of the time.
Nowadays, workers are thankfully treated a lot better in the USA - thanks in large part to efforts of those hardworking Americans from the past!
So, as you enjoy this coming Labor Day, remember the Americans that helped bring that holiday into existence. And be thankful for the amazing working conditions we all get to enjoy today!
What does Labor Day mean to you? Let us know in the comments below!