September 4th Labor Day

Today is Labor Day, the day we celebrate the hard workers across the United States. It’s is sometimes called the “workingman’s holiday”. Always falling on the first day in September, this year it happens to be on the 4th.


Labor Day may have been created by Peter McQuire who was a labor organizer and the General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the Co-Founder of the American Federation of Labor.


Or it may have been started by Matthew Maguire, the secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York City. Maguire’s involvement seems a little more likely since the day was created within the Central Labor Union on September 5th, 1882. The U.S. Congress officially recognized the holiday on June 28, 1894.

The previously unpublished version of the iconic photograph.
The previously unpublished version of the iconic photograph.

Along with celebrating all those who work, Labor Day marks the end of summer (Not officially) as most of the kids go back to school. Although here in the south kids have been back at school for nearly a month now.


Whatever reason you find to celebrate Labor Day, remember all those laborers who worked so hard to win it for you. This is their day, and yours if you are one of them.

How to celebrate – Go for the traditional picnic today. Sleep in, after all, you don’t have to be at work! Celebrate today with your co-workers (Wait, isn’t that like an office party?).

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