The Origin of Labor Day

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants CA DRE #01147426

Labor Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. Here’s something many of us have forgotten or never knew. The first Labor Day was organized by Peter J McGuire in 1882. McGuire was a carpenter and one of the leaders of the American union movement.

Over 10,000 workers marched from New York's City Hall to Union Square. After the parade they enjoyed a picnic, concert, and speeches at Reservoir Park with their families.  U.S. Congress made this a national holiday in 1894.

In many cities across America, Labor Day continues to be celebrated in the very same fashion.
Different countries around the world also celebrate the holiday along with the United States.

Today, many are not employed and finding it difficult to celebrate this day, but reports state our economy is slowly improving, just as our housing market is on the rise. Perhaps it’s time to look forward towards better times ahead and support those businesses that employ workers in our own country.

I find that Gratitude for “what we have,” not for what we “don’t have” is the key to happiness. Today let us celebrate our family and friends and be grateful for the work we have had, still have or will have. This is still a great country and I would like to thank Peter J McGuire for introducing this grand holiday that we can all celebrate in our own way.

Happy Labor Day to All 

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my “red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

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Nancy Hankin


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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Very nice post and information. Our prayers are with those looking for employment and that this economy will turn around soon. 

Aug 27, 2012 11:10 PM #1
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Hi Nancy,

A story I did not know and one I will share, thanks.

Aug 27, 2012 11:30 PM #2
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Great post.  Indeed we are very fortunate that in order to be successful in our careers we must have or create work.  I recall the day I embarked upon this path and thinking how scary it would be that I would not have a steady paycheck and an employer who would tell me what work needed to be done.  Instead, what I found was how resolutely self-sufficient I could be, and that by establishing good habits and practices I would always avoid a shortage of "labor" or things to do.  This is never something I take for granted.

Again, great post.

Aug 27, 2012 11:36 PM #3
Nancy Hankin
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Palm Springs, CA

I also want to thank you for your shares. Sometimes we write Blogs and wonder if anyone reads them. It's nice to know a few do and I wish you all a Happy Labor Day and successful year ahread.

Aug 28, 2012 01:25 AM #4
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