Labor Day, the “unofficial” end of summer, is knocking at our door. Despite the unending concerns of COVID-19, PR Newswire stated that on Monday, September 7 2020 an estimated 42.5 million Americans will hit the road over Labor Day weekend. With all of this travel, camping, barbecuing, and boating, our team at Lynden Sports Center think it’s important to remember the meaning behind this revered holiday. After reading this article, remember there is still time to get you and your family into a brand new 2021 boat today. Click Here Now
According to History.com, on June 28, 1894 President Grover Cleveland passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday. Beyond the typical parties, street parades, and athletic events, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century.
In the late 1800s, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to squeeze out a basic living; we love hard work but that’s waaaay to much! Despite paper thin restrictions in some US states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.
As work increased due to the Industrial Revolution, Labor Unions began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.
“Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.” History.com, 2020
This era birthed the idea of a “workingmen’s holiday”, and was later signed into law on June 28, 1894 by President Grover Cleveland. Even though Canada likes to stay that it came up with the idea for this holiday first, the true founder of Labor Day has never actually been identified, even more than a century later!
The Last Hot Dog: If you’re not a hot dog fan, this fun fact might be for you. Labor Day marks the official end of hot dog season. During peak “hot dog season,” which spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans gorge themselves on roughly 818 hot dogs every second (or 7 billion total).
Tuesday, September 5, 1882: The first ever US Labor Day was actually on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. It was not even on a Monday!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes: According to an article by Reader’s Digest, Americans will start in-hailing “pumpkin spice” beverages the week after Labor Day. Despite the biggest coverup in history, pumpkin spice lattes do not containing any actual pumpkin. According to the article, in the fall of 2015 Starbucks made an estimated $100 million in revenue from pumpkin spice latte sales!
10,000 Workers: Tuesday, September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall in New York City all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. Maybe this a reason why we have so many parades every Labor Day?
Labor Day Saved Your Life: The science journal The Lancet, conducted an analysis of more than 600,000 American, European, and Australian workers. They found that people who work more than 55 hours per week had a 33% increased risk of stroke than people who worked less than 40 hours a week. Since Labor Day was the start of the 40 hour work week, Labor Day might have saved our lives.
Football, Football, Football: Labor Day week typically marks the start of the football season; many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend. Even though the Big Ten “might” be canceled or postponed this year, the NFL is back! The 2020 NFL season will be the 101st season of the National Football League. The first game is set to be played Thursday, September 10 at 8:20 PM (ET) with Houston taking on Kansas City.