Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. But, really, what is Labor Day?
Labor Day is a holiday in the United States that is dedicated to workers across the country. The intention of the holiday is to recognize the contributions that laborers make to the United States as a whole. The public holiday always falls on the first Monday in September – this year it is Monday, September 7th. Interestingly, one of key reasons for choosing to celebrate on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
The first Labor Day was actually held in 1882 and it became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally envisioned that the day would be filled with street parades to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. A festival was often held to amuse local workers and their families. These traditions have changed over the years. Now Labor Day is viewed as the last big hurrah of summer and a busy travel weekend. In fact, according to AAA, 35.5 million Americans, will travel over this coming holiday weekend. An estimated 87% of travelers will get where they’re going by car (lots of eyes to see those Sponsor-A-Highway signs); 7% will fly and 5% by other modes of transportation, including bus and rail.
So there you have it – Labor Day in a nutshell. Just another Fun Fact from Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America.