Labor Day is upon us and this year we not only want to acknowledge our awesome #Voomies that work here but we would also like to enlighten you as to what this day is really about. So relax on this day devoted to you and enjoy these facts!
- Canada is said to have originated the idea of hosting a day honoring the labor movement. In 1872, they held a “Nine-Hour Movement” to show support for striking workers.
- In the United States, Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
- To keep the tradition alive, the Labor Day parade in New York City is still held, which takes place throughout the 20 blocks of the original 1882 labor march.
- Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September, which usually a last chance to enjoy a weekend of summer. Luckily, the official last day of summer is September 21st.
- The origins of this day are still under scrutiny but some say it stems from labor disputes in Toronto in 1872 when a parade was held for a strike against a 58 hour work week. (58 hour work week, that sounds nice!) The true founder of this holiday is still unknown, although Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters is considered the creator.
- No white clothes after Labor Day originated from the well to do in 1930’s. Apparel in the city was usually dark in color and when theses families would vacation, they would tend to wear white and lighter clothes to break this mold, especially at the beach. This weekend, being the last long weekend of summer, was when the wealthy would pack away their light clothes in preparation for the rest of the work year.
We here at The Voom Group hope you enjoy your day off and stay safe!