As we get ready to embark on this Labor Day Weekend, whether it be grilling, getting in the last beach getaway or hitting our favorite theme park, Americans are saying goodbye to summer and hello to Fall. Although we are happy to celebrate this Federal holiday every year, some even getting an extra day off, what are we really celebrating? Even I was a little curious so here is what I found out.
Labor Day was designed as a day of well-deserved acknowledgment for the contributions that American workers have made to our country. Labor Day is (usually) earmarked by picnics, parades, barbecues, and full-out joyful summer fun. It is a time for family and friends to get together on the beach, ballfield, or theme park—although maybe not in 2020 while we’re in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Labor Day celebrations might look a little different this year: smaller and most likely no parades. Labor Day is recognized on the first Monday of September and was made a federal holiday in
The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries brought a vast array of jobs and commerce to this country. What it didn’t bring was appropriate pay, safety regulations, or common-sense guidelines for the number of hours people should work each day and week. Unions slowly started to form, to fight for American workers’ rights. During this heady time, the idea for Labor Day was formed. Who the originator was is still hotly debated, but what is known for sure is that the first glimmer of a commemorative Labor Day came to pass.
The start of the summer season is brought in on Memorial Day, a time of remembrance and gratitude for the men and women of the armed forces who have fought and died for our country and our freedom since we became a nation. Ending the summer season is Labor Day, a time of acknowledgment of America’s workforce, the people who made this country what it is and sustain its growth.
So, this Labor Day, with everything that many of us have gone through during this pandemic and through the years, let’s remember those workers who make not only our lives better and easier, but who have made this country one of promise and opportunity, giving it strength in the land where dreams can come true. Thank you to our first responders, essential workers, health care workers, teachers, cast members and entertainment workers, the people who make sure our goods are delivered, our cable is working and make sure our shelves are stocked. May we think of those not able to work and hope that they will be back to work soon or find another path that brings them opportunity, growth and joy. To those that may be working during this holiday weekend, thank you for all you do and to those able to enjoy the holiday, make sure we appreciate the blessings that we all have.
Happy Labor Day Mayne Mafia!
Wikipedia; Reader’s Digest; Spokesmayne