Observed on the first Monday of September. Labor Day in the US has become a symbol for the end of summer
For some it is a long weekend, an opportunity for a mini holiday, time to enjoy summer before it is over, a weekend of picnics, swimming and the sight and smell of barbeque smoke in the air
The celebration of Labor Day was first suggested by Peter J McGuire, founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters
On 5 September 1882 the nations first Labor Day was celebrated with a large parade in New York City, sponsored by the Central Labor Union
Peter McGuire chose this date because it fell more or less between Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day
Over ten thousand men left their jobs and paraded up Manhattans Fifth Avenue from 14th to 42nd Street, then they had a picnic, dance and fireworks
In 1884 the group held a parade on the first Monday of September. It was decided that all future labor parades would be held on the first Monday of September and the day would be referred to as Labor Day
In 1887 Oregon became the first state to formally establish Labor Day. This was soon followed by the District of Columbia
In 1894 Congress declared Labor Day a legal holiday in recognition of all the nations workers
Parades and speeches by politicians and labor leaders are typical on Labor Day
Today Labor Day is celebrated in a number of countries around the world
You are considered very unhip if you wear White after Labor Day!!
Enjoy your Labor Day! Hope you all are enjoying the last of summer with some great sizzling BBQ parties. We’ll be cooking out on the grill (again) today, care to join us?
And for those that want to know what the correct answers to the quiz are, here you go:
Question 1: T/F: Labor Day is the most popular holiday for barbecuing.
Correct answer: False
Labor Day is the third most popular day for barbecuing, after July 4th and Memorial Day.
Question 2: When was Labor Day first celebrated in the US?
Correct answer: 1882
The first Labor Day in the US was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.
Question 3: T/F: More beef is consumed on Labor Day than any other day of the year.
Correct answer: False
More beef is consumed on Memorial Day than any other day, with the Fourth of July and Labor Day usually tied for second place.
Question 4: What national food chain opened its first outpost on a Labor Day?
Correct answer: Waffle House
The first Waffle House restaurant opened on Labor Day in 1955 in Avondale Estates, GA.
Question 5: T/F: Labor Day is the official end to hot dog season.
Correct answer: True
According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, hot dog season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
Question 6: Which food organization has declared Labor Day 2009 a National Day of Action?
Correct answer: Slow Food USA
Slow Food USA has declared Labor Day 2009 to be a National Day of Action to get healthier food in schools.