Labor Day! The last long weekend of summer and the gateway weekend to Fall.
Besides an extra day off and big sales, do you know about the origins of Labor Day?
Labor Day is the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. It is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
The History Channel states:
Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Labor unions began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.
And if you’re wondering why we celebrate in September, Time has the answer:
Labor union leaders had pushed for a September date for the New York demonstration, which coincided with a conference in the city of the Knights of Labor, one of the largest and most influential of the unions. The first two New York City Labor Days took place on the 5th of September, but in 1884, the third annual New York City Labor Day holiday was scheduled for the first Monday in September, and that date stuck.
From all of us here at Body in Balance Chiropractic, your Vancouver Chiropractor we wish you a fun, restful and safe Labor Day weekend! And as always, feel free to call or text us if you need to get in: 360-718-2346