On September 5th, 1882, in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, 10,000 blue collar Americans took to the streets of New York City in what would become the first Labor Day parade. It was a grim time for the American laborer. Hours were long, wages were insufficient, and working conditions were treacherous. They marched for reform, and reform they received. This parade marks a shift in American thought, a shift toward justice for those whose sweat laid the foundations of this great country.
Becoming an officially recognized holiday in 1894, Labor Day continues to celebrate the hard work of Americans across all trades and occupations.
To everyone out there putting in the hours, we at PatrioticMe would like to say thank you. Your efforts are the reason we have food on our table, a roof over our head, and much, much more.
Have a safe and Happy Labor Day!