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Labor Day, Eh

September 4, 2017 — Leave a comment

Everyone enjoys Labor Day but how did it get started and why? We probably should take a few minutes out of our picnic today and thank our Canadian friends.

 

Happy Labor Day eh?

 

Although political rhetoric and in-fighting is at an all time high; the fact remains that The United States of America is the greatest country in the history of the world. Our country was founded on the idea of self-reliance and the ingenuity of individuals who work. They work in order to add value for themselves, their families, community and country. However, like many things we, Americans, sometimes borrow ideas from other countries and before long they’re believed to be our own creations or an inherent American idea.

So, did you know that this day which is set aside to recognize the economic and social impact of those who work in our country was originally a Canadian idea?

Many argue that Labor Day was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May of 1882, after witnessing the annual Labor Festival in Toronto, Canada.  In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law this day as a National Holiday. Since that date we have set aside the 1st Monday in September to recognize the economic and social contributions of workers in our country.

As we celebrate the day with picnics, barbecues, and parades with friends and neighbors; let us not forget the reason that we celebrate. Today we celebrate the ingenuity, diligence and the hard work of those who get up each day to add value to society. So, regardless of whether Labor Day was our original idea or not; thanks eh, to all of you who work each day.

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Labor Day 2017 is on September 4, 2017

Labor Day 2018 will be observed on Monday, September 3, 2018

 

The Origin of Labor Day

September 1, 2016 — 1 Comment

 

We live in the greatest country ever… Fact! As much as we hear political rhetoric and fighting amongst ourselves, fact remains that we are the greatest country ever. Our country was founded on the idea of self-reliance and individuals that work. They work to create for themselves, their families, community and country. So did you know that the day that we set aside to recognize the economic and social impact of those who work in our country was originally a Canadian idea?

 

Many argue that Labor Day was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May of 1882, after witnessing the annual Labor Festival in Toronto, Canada.  In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law this day as a National Holiday. Since that date we have set aside this 1st Monday in September to recognize the economic and social contributions of workers in our country.

As we celebrate the day with picnics, barbecues, and parades with friends and neighbors; let us not forget the reason that we celebrate. We celebrate the ingenuity, diligence and the hard work that continues to make our country the best in the world.

So, how will you celebrate Labor Day and why…..? Share with me on Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn

                                                             

Read more detail regarding Labor Day and its history

Labor Day 2016 is on September 5, 2016