Nothing marks the end of summer quite like the observance of Labor Day.
Recognized on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a creation of the Labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later on September 5, 1883.
In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.
In recognition of the American worker and their contribution to building our nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership, we say thank you for an absolute job well done. We pay homage to America’s past and look to its future by unofficially naming Labor Day – our workforce New Year! During this time of harvest, as we transition to fall we take this time to reflect. We reap the fruits of our labor and we take an assessment and rededicate our focus in areas where there is room for improvement.
As you wrap up your summer vacation, host your end-of-summer barbeques, or simply sleep in late because you have a paid day off, we say cheers to you, the American worker, and your contribution to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country!
Happy Labor Day America!