Sunday, September 6, 2009
Happy Labor Day!
A legal holiday from (and for) labor in the United States and Canada.
On September 5 in 1882, thousands of workers walked together from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade. The parade was to honor the workers of America and to call attention to the many labor issues that workers had at the time, including long hours, low wages, and continuing exploitation of child workers. These parades were held in the following years, grew in popularity and spread to most other states. The United States Congress declared the first Monday in September as a legal holiday (Labor Day) in 1894.