Labor Day

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in Sept. a national holiday.

Labor Day celebrates the laboring classes and typically is commemorated with festivities that include parades, parties and picnics. 

Labor Day parades first started as a means to showcase the strength and prowess of trade and labor organizations, the first being a march back in 1882 to fight for better working conditions that brought 10,000 New York union members to the streets. 

The parades of today have become a joyful family-friendly event that is usually followed by neighborhood barbeques and trips to the neighborhood swimming pool. Do you know your Labor Day trivia? Here are some fun facts about the holiday:

• Oregon was the first state to formally create and celebrate the holiday in back 1887

• Peter McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, and Matthew Maguire of Central Labor Union have both been cited as being the “Father of Labor Day”

• Labor Day is regarded as one of the country’s biggest shopping holidays with the average American family spending around $150 during the holiday weekend

•Between Memorial Day and Labor Day Americans consume 7 billion hot dogs, which break down to roughly 818 of the American delicacies per second. It is so common that this period is regarded as Hot Dog Season.