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What does Labor Day mean to you?

Why do we celebrate Labor Day? Labor Day is also known as the “working men’s holiday”.  Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns all across the United States on the first Monday of every September.  Many people gather together and BBQ or picnic, but do you know why we celebrate this holiday?  We celebrate Labor…

Medicine Box // September 10, 2018

Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day is also known as the “working men’s holiday”.  Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns all across the United States on the first Monday of every September.  Many people gather together and BBQ or picnic, but do you know why we celebrate this holiday? 

group of people enjoying the campfire

We celebrate Labor Day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.  In the late 1800’s at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average working man worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week, to just barely make enough money to survive.

These workers often faced extremely unsafe working conditions.  The labor unions began to organize strikes and rallies to protest the poor conditions the workers were in and to compel the employers to renegotiate the hours and pay they were giving the workers.

In an attempt to repair ties with the American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday. The first official holiday celebrating labor was in New York on September 5, 1882, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.  By 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of every year a legal holiday.

What does Labor Day mean to you?

This public holiday is a way for us to thank our forefathers for all of their hard work and dedication to make America what it is today.  With so many families having some sort of “laborer” in them, it is great that we can take a day out of every year to celebrate them.

What do you do to celebrate this holiday?

This date is celebrated in cities and towns all across the United States on the first Monday of every September.  Many people gather together and BBQ or picnic.  Someplace throughout the United States, even have firework displays.  For many, Labor Day represents the end of summer and the back-to-school season.

Medicine Box would like to wish you a very safe and happy Labor Day.  We hope you are able to enjoy your day with your friends and family, and also take a few minutes to thank the laborers that have helped make America the place it is today.  

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