The History of Labor Day~Don't Forget September Third in 2012

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The first Monday in September brings with it another holiday, Labor Day. It isn't totally clear who founded Labor Day.  Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners was the first to suggest a day to honor workers.  But, many also believe that it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist then the secretary of Local 344 of the Int'l Assn. of Machinists in Paterson, NJ proposed the holiday in 1882. 

What is clear is that this holiday was first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th in 1882 in New York City, according to the plans of the Central Labor Union.  By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined – a street parade to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community; followed by a festival/picnic. This became the pattern for celebrations of Labor Day. Over the course of time that has changed especially where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem.  Wide coverage is still given to leading union officials and government officials in newspapers, radio and television.

The vital force of labor has added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known.  It is appropriate that our nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of our nation’s strength, freedom and leadership – the American worker.

Get out this next Monday September Third and celebrate the strength and backbone of our country ~ the American worker! Watch the parades, wave our flag and enjoy a cookout with family and friends!

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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: Trying my best to clear my calendar so I can have a nice relaxing Labor Day at home with the hubby. 

Aug 27, 2012 09:35 PM #1
Amada Slade
Island Realty of the Lowcountry - Beaufort, SC

As always Dorie, thank you for the wonderful informative post.  Now I can impress everyone this weekend with my new found knowledge.  Thank you for sharing.

Aug 27, 2012 09:35 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Welcoming a long weekend...the fair, the parade....a little relax and enjoy before hard hitting 4th quarter....just do it !

Aug 27, 2012 09:35 PM #3
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Dorie,

Wow, that's a lot of info to digest so early in the morning. LOL

There was a push a long time ago to have such a holiday, but kept getting rejected by the house and senate. Then if finally happened .

See, sometimes the legislature can act on things. But that was a along time ago.

Have a good day in Austin, Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 27, 2012 09:38 PM #4
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Labor Day has become for the most part the "official end of the summer" to many of us.  Nice reminder of its purpose.

Aug 27, 2012 09:39 PM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

This is something I probably knew at one time, but forgot Dorie, thanks for the reminder.

Aug 27, 2012 10:01 PM #6
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Very nicely said Dorie.  We need to relish the prosperity of our Country and ourselves for being the "Labor" that helped do it. Celebrate!

Aug 27, 2012 10:20 PM #7
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Dorie - Interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 27, 2012 10:40 PM #8
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Dorie, it is on the backs of both American and immigrant workers that the infrastructure of our country was built - roads, bridges, tunnels and farms and we should honor them for this contribution.

Aug 27, 2012 11:03 PM #9
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Anita,

Same here but I am taking the day off!!!

Aug 27, 2012 11:22 PM #10
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, great history, and love going to the Labor Day parades and celebrating!    Hope you get some downtime during the Holiday weekend!

Aug 27, 2012 11:56 PM #11
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Dorie -

Great information on Labor Day.  Thanks for the reminder that I need to do some research on all the festivities that will taking place in the Albuquerque area.  The last official party weekend of summer.

Aug 28, 2012 12:49 AM #12
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Dorie - interesting that Matthew Maguire of Paterson, NJ may be the person who declared Labor Day. Sometimes we forget the true meaning of a holiday and thanks for reminding us why we celebrate this special day! I always spend the weekend in Long Island on the North Fork and go to their local annual parade. It's a family tradition and one we look forward to all year long! 


Aug 28, 2012 02:29 AM #13
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Amanda,

You are most welcome!

Aug 28, 2012 02:34 AM #14
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