How Much Do You Know About Labor Day?

Cover of a 1918 pamphlet published by the Amer...Labor Day is not just about getting the day off from work or having one last summer barbecue, although this is often how the day is celebrated.  Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day and how the day came about?  Here are a few facts about the holiday:

  • Labor Day always falls on the first Monday of September.
  • The day is a celebration of the American worker and began as part of the labor movement.
  • The very first Labor Day was celebrated with a parade in New York City in 1882 in conjunction with the Central Labor Union.
  • Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday.  The American holiday became official in 1894, when Congress passed a bill to make the day a federal holiday.
  • When Labor Day became a national holiday, the typical American workweek was 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Work hours were not subject to federal regulation until 1916.

During the unofficial last weekend of summer, take some time to reflect on the accomplishments of the American worker, including your own contributions to the workforce.  Celebrate by enjoying one last barbecue with family and friends.  Be sure to grab a few jars of MEESH’S® Marinara Chicken Wing Sauce to use as a marinade or dipping sauce for whatever you’re grilling, or make a batch of MEESH’S® Barbecue Sauce.