Happy Labor Day weekend!
Typically signaling the end of summer, Labor Day was created to honor American workers. It was conceived by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.
In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, American workers were suffering. The average worker was spending 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Sadly, in some states, even children were working at various jobs, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.
These conditions brought about the labor movement when strikes and civil unrest swept the nation. American workers had enough!
The idea of a “workingman’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday each September, caught on across the country. Many states passed legislation recognizing it as a holiday but Congress didn't pass the law until 12 years later.
Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns across America with family picnics, barbecues, and other events.
Please join us this weekend in celebrating the American worker! Be safe and enjoy your family time. For those of you who are keeping the country running and don't have the luxury of the day off, we salute you!