What do you think about when you hear the words “Labor Day 2021”? For most Americans, it marks the last long weekend before summer ends and school starts. For others, the labor day weekend signifies the onset of the fall and the promise of football. Generally celebrated with picnics, barbecues, parades, and hotdogs, it is a long weekend off from work. In the United States, Labor Day is celebrated to honor the socio-economic achievements of the working class, irrespective of where or what kind of work they do.
The customary wedding procession of “walking down the aisle” is a major attraction of any wedding ceremony. It signifies the rite of passage from a young woman to a wife and marks a happily married life initiation. With the right aisle wedding decor, intro score, and an exquisite wedding dress, the bride’s march towards her emotionally awestruck groom can be a walk to remember forever.
What is Labor Day?
The person behind the idea of observing an annual labor day in America is disputed. However, the following two men were highlighted by the Department of Labor as the originators of the idea:
1. Peter J. McGuire
General Secretary, Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
Co-Founder, American Federation of Labor
2. Matthew Maguire
A Mechanic was appointed as the Secretary of the Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, NJ.
In the United States, Labor Day was initially observed separately by the local municipalities and different states before it became a national holiday. According to the Department of Labor, the New York Central Labor Union organized the first Labor Day celebration on September 5, 1882, in NYC. It was observed by several labor unions that came together to work towards a better working environment. A year later, on the same date, the second Labor Day followed.
The labor day weekend was not prevalent until 1884. However, when the first Monday of every September was chosen to be a holiday, as initially proposed by the Central Labor Union, it encouraged other states to honor their working population. In ten years, from 1885 to 1894, more than 30 states passed laws to adopt an annual observance to keep workers. Finally, on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act instituting the first Monday as a national holiday in September.
Why We Celebrate Labor Day in America?
The primary intention behind commemorating the labor day weekend was to offer a nationwide holiday to honor the socio-economic achievements of the American working class. Especially during the industrial revolution, American workers gave their blood, sweat, and tears to lay down the foundations of a great nation by building a futuristic infrastructure furnished with railroads, dams, highways, and bridges.
While a few rich and powerful like Andrew Carnegie often get the full credit, the hard work of the American working class made the visions of such influential men into reality. Hence, the United States labor day was meant to be an annual tribute to the worker’s contributions towards the nation’s strength, accomplishments, and welfare.
Famous Labor Day Weekend Traditions
Since every holiday has associated traditions for fun, the Labor Day weekend is no exception. Here are some prevalent practices to take part in on the occasion of Labor Day 2021:
Labor Day in America is the perfect time to fire up the grill and spend the day barbecuing delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, and chicken.
Most cities in the United States celebrate Labor Day with parades, festivals, and homes decked out with Labor Day decorations.
Tradition dictates storing away white clothing items for the next year as the weather usually starts turning cold after the labor day weekend.
Any celebration without fireworks is incomplete. You should expect to see the night sky light up with beautiful colors to mark the occasion of Labor Day 2021.
In nice-enough weather conditions, most people prefer to pack a labor day weekend picnic and enjoy the last summer days outside with their loved ones.
In the United States, Labor Day has historically been a popular weekend for people to travel to places like the lake or beach for one last summer hurrah..
Since most people consider Labor Day in America the unofficial end of summer, it’s common to see covered-up pools or stowed-away boats as the Labor Day weekend concludes.
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