by Tamara R.
So, I was going to try to do this research and come up with some really neat insight into Labor Day. But the more I read, the more I was surprised and baffled about this federal holiday.
In reading through the all-knowing pages of Wikipedia about Labor Day I came across this:
“The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.”
Yikes. I had no idea that our federal holiday was because of such a nasty strike. In fact, looking back, I’m actually not sure how much I knew about Labor Day until my research. Always learning.
How long have you known what Labor Day was really about? Or did you up till recently? Many people celebrate Labor Day as more of a three-day weekend last summer vacation – do you agree? I’m just curious what your thoughts are. Thanks!