Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Labor Day and how the holiday came to be?
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. (Source – US Dept of Labor).
Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of American workers who are responsible for the creation of the highest standard of living the world has ever known. Let’s celebrate the creator of so much of our nation’s strength and leadership – the American worker.
At the same time, take a moment to tip your hat to the American entrepreneur. It is through the business owner’s leadership, courage and investment that all jobs are created and the American worker is able to excel. According to the SBA, 65% of new jobs are created by America’s small businesses.
Entrepreneurs and Employees – two sides of the same coin. It is what makes America great.