Fun and Interesting Facts About Labor Day

  • September 02, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

You might be a little sad about seeing summer rapidly coming to a close--but for most people, that is exactly what Labor Day signifies.  For many, Labor Day is the last official holiday weekend of the summer, the last hoorah before school starts, the last quickie summer vacation or perhaps even the final family barbecue of the season.  The good news is that you will get a long three-day weekend in order to fully bid your summer its final adieu. Here are a few interesting factoids that you might not have known about this somewhat bittersweet, end of the summer holiday. 

  • Although most people think that Labor Day is an All-American holiday celebrating the workingman, Labor Day actually has its roots in Canada.  In 1870, there were labor disputes and uprisings occurring in the Toronto area.  In 1872, a parade was held in order to voice loud opposition to the 52-hour workweek.
  • In the United States, the first Labor Day observance also came in the form of a parade.  The Central Labor Union organized a parade on Sept 5, 1882 in New York City.  Over 10,000 workers marched through the streets on that day in opposition to the twelve-hour workday that was then considered the norm.  Although some workers were threatened with job loss if they marched in this event, ten thousand marchers felt it was important enough to take the risk.
  • Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September every year.  Labor Day was officially recognized in 1894 as a federally sanctioned holiday.
  • Labor Day was instituted in order to gain support and universal endorsement of the eight-hour workday.
  • Labor Day was first recognized by the state of Oregon as an officially recognized holiday.  This endorsement occurred in February of 1887.
  • Other industrialized countries around the world have adopted a holiday similar to Labor Day as a special time to honor and pay respect to the workers of their country. 
  • Some of the stodgier folks amongst us may feel that once Labor Day has passed, it is no longer considered appropriate to wear white clothing.  This silly custom has mostly been abandoned and is thought to be a cultural remnant leftover from wealthy vacationers who, when returning from their final summer holiday, traditionally packed away their whites for the summer.
  • Labor Day is the third most popular grilling holiday, followed by the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.  Get those hot dogs and burgers ready!
  • Do you love your boss?  If you are self-employed you may have a special reason to do just that.  Over 10 million American workers consider themselves self employed and over 5 million workers work from their home!
  • In 2011, there were 153.2 million people over the age of 16 who were a part of the great American work force.
  • According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, there is an official hot dog season. Hot Dog season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. 
  • When it comes to barbecuing, American’s prefer to grill burgers. (85%) Other All-American barbecuing favorites include steak, (80%) hot dogs, (79%) and chicken (73%).


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