This is the “working man’s holiday”. It was first celebrated on September 5th, 1882 in New York City. Later, when Congress made it a true National holiday it was on June 28th, 1884. Somewhere along the line it ended up on the first Monday in September which this year is September 5th. It unofficially marks the end of summer for children as most states start the school year the day after Labor Day.
How to celebrate – Throw a Labor Day party! Be a rebel and go to work today anyway. Solve the mystery of who actually gets credit for starting Labor Day.
Bet you didn’t know that today was a day created to express the needs and value of American labor unions. It is the day that the play by Harold Rome released “Pins and Needles” on Broadway. November 27, 1937, on the Labor Stage Theater in New York City.
It was produced by the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union. Okay, so maybe they weren’t exactly known for their play productions over the years but this show actually ran for 1,108 performances and held that record for years to come.
Broadway is a bit of an unusual venue to for a union to argue their merits but they did, in this case, make their needs known to the public. There are a lot of opinions stated on Broadway, maybe not all that many of the garment industry but whose counting.
Most of us think of pins and needles today as being excited and waiting for something good, or bad, to happen. It does sort of change that excitement to realize Pins And Needles meant the instruments the garment industry used. Maybe like a double-stitch, there’s a double meaning here.
At least Harold Rome thought so which is a little odd because he also wrote “Fanny” for Broadway. You put the pieces together.
How to celebrate – Go see Pins and Needles (If you can find it). Go see Fanny (If you can find it) Look for the Union Label.