Labor Day has long been the holiday that gave us an official end to the summer months and a reason to celebrate with parades, picnics and cookouts. But how much do you really know about this holiday?
Labor Day is for Celebrating the American Worker
It takes every single one of us, no matter what our job is, to make daily life in America work, and that’s worth celebrating! Labor Day is held in honor of the working men and women in America.
No One Really Knows Who Started Labor Day
To this day, no one is really all that sure who made Labor Day official. Some people say it was Peter J. McGuire, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, and other people say it was a machinist by the name of Matthew Maguire.
Labor Day Probably Started in Canada
Canada has celebrated Labor Day since 1872. If Peter McGuire really did originate the holiday, it may have been because he attended the Toronto Labour Day festival in 1882.
May 1 is Labor Day In Other Countries
Most countries around the world celebrate some type of Labor Day on May 1. In some countries, it’s called International Workers’ Day, but in most places, it is a public holiday designed to honor workers.
Labor Day Was Made Official in 1894
President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September as Labor Day on June 28, 1894. Colorado, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts and New Jersey were among the first states to celebrate Labor Day as an official holiday.
In at Least One State, Labor Day Fun Is the Law
Virginia’s 1986 Kings Dominion Law makes it illegal for city and county schools to start before Labor Day. The reason? So families can squeeze in one more trip to their favorite amusement park.
Labor Day Celebrations Are Unique in Each State
If you’re in Michigan, you might spend the long weekend at the Romeo Peach Festival participating in the Night Parade and Bed Race or competing in a push-cart canoe race at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Colorado Springs hosts the Colorado Hot Air Balloon Classic each year. Or you could go to the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Come take a break from all your hard work and enjoy a made-from-scratch meal at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Ours is a labor of love, and we’d love to spend Labor Day with you!