Monday is Labor Day, and this coming weekend, many will celebrate the three days off and the unofficial last weekend of the summer. And so in honor of that, we present a list of five things to know about Labor Day.
Information from history.com.
- All About Workers—Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September, and is designed to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of workers in America.
- Back in 1894—The holiday was created in 1894 by the labor movements in the late 19th century. In the late 1800s, and the height of the Industrial Revolution, most Americans worked 12-hour days, seven days a week to make a living.
- First Labor Day Parade—The very first parade was held Sept. 5, 1882, when 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City.
- More Parades—Today, the holiday is celebrated with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks and family gatherings.
- End of Summer—For many, the holiday represents the final weekend of summer, and the start of the new school year.