Each year, Americans enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer with friends and family. Despite being a fun-filled, celebratory weekend, sometimes the history of Labor Day and what it means gets lost.
What Labor Day Means
Labor Day celebrates the creation of the American labor movement and its social and economic accomplishments. This yearly tribute ensures that the hard work, strength, and history of America’s labor force is properly honored.
History of Labor Day
Labor Day dates back to the 1880s. The first Labor Day to be celebrated took place on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was first formally established through municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886, and then passed as an Oregon state bill in 1887. That same year, four more states (Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) passed a bill establishing Labor Day as an official holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act establishing the holiday throughout the states.
There is some debate as to who founded the holiday. While some accounts point to Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, other accounts cite Matthew Maguire, a machinist and eventual secretary of Local 344 in New Jersey, as the founder of the holiday.
You work hard, so take Labor Day as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy a well-earned rest. If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, you can also take Labor Day to stop out and see the great selection available at Chip Wynn Motors.