Everyone knows about Labor Day. The perfectly timed day off that everyone gets at the end of summer, one last day to celebrate with barbecues, get-togethers, or any other fun activity you choose. Also, everybody knows the saying “Don’t wear white after Labor Day”. Well where did this fashion etiquette come from? Why do we celebrate this holiday at the end of summer? And where did this holiday of celebrating the “average Joe” worker of America come from? The answers to these questions lead to a very interesting look at one of the more important nationally recognized holidays.
The first known Labor Day was originally held in New York City on September 5th, 1882. This was a holiday to recognize the efforts and achievements of the Central Labor Union and its members. The union continued to have the holiday every year, with more support growing throughout the nation as more people jumped at the chance to recognize the effort and work put forward by people everywhere. By 1894, enough states celebrated the holiday that legislature was passed recognizing the first Monday of every September as Labor Day. From there on out Labor Day became an opportunity to exhibit to the public the strength and spirit of the workers in their community. It was also a day for those very same workers to get a chance to have fun and spend time with their families. The timing was such that it was essentially a signal of the end of summer, one last chance for the workers to enjoy the good weather with those they cared about. Because the weather was about to take a turn for the worse, it was highly suggestible that people not wear white clothing after Labor Day, as they were likely to get dirty and muddy, hence creating an American fashion rule as well.
The United States have grown into the great nation that we know today based on the strong base of the American workers. For decades these workers have helped to build up the economy and ramped up production of goods and services to levels that the world has never seen. This has been vital to supplying millions withthe American Dream, an opportunity to make it in one of the greatest nations in the world. So this year when you are seizing the opportunity to celebrate the great weather of summer one last time with your family, take the time to give yourself and the rest of the American workforce a pat on the back. After all, Labor Day is really just a day to celebrate your contribution to America.
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