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Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day greetingsI find it interesting to know the history about certain holidays and here is information on Labor Day, which was first held in 1882. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Labor Day was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.

Here are some interesting quotes about labor.

Anatole France
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.

Thomas Geoghegan
When people ask me, ‘Why can’t labor organize the way it did in the thirties?’ the answer is simple: everything we did then is now illegal.

Abraham Lincoln
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.

Henry George
Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over.

John Locke
It is labor indeed that puts the difference on everything.

Bill Dodds
Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.

Marc Chagall
Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.

L. Mencken
The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.

Dorothea Dix
A man usually values that most for which he has labored; he uses that most frugally which he has toiled hour by hour and day by day to acquire.

Theodore Roosevelt
No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Doug Larson
If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend.

May you have a wonderful weekend my friends.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie


Comments on: "Celebrate Labor Day" (4)

  1. Sharon Verrechia said:

    Wow! We have been celebrating Labor Day since 1894. I think Theodore Roosevelt has the best quote..No man need sympathy because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance work hard at work worth doing. Thank you Billie for this great article. 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words. Yes, this holiday has been around for a long time. I like all of the quotations, because life would have no value without work, no matter what you do. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

  2. Thanks Cherokee. I really enjoy history, especially English and American history. This was so interesting to read.

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