Just as Memorial Day seems to kick off the summer season, Labor Day symbolizes its end. But there’s more to Labor Day than closing the door on summer fun – it’s all about celebrating the American worker – could that be you?
One could say that the backbone of American society is her labor/workforce. Since backbones are generally considered pretty important — they should be celebrated!
- The first Labor Day Parade was in 1882.
On September 5th, which happened to be a Tuesday, over 10,000 American workers gathered in New York City to hold a protest parade. Since it wasn’t an official holiday yet, they were there during work hours and risking their jobs to do so. They were marching in protest over their long hours, low pay, and unsafe working conditions.
- It was formally established as a Federal Holiday in 1894.
After a workers’ strike ended poorly in Chicago, resulting in the deaths of 13 people, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a federal holiday. President Grover Cleveland signed it into law, attempting to reestablish a relationship with the American worker.
- It‘s halfway between the 4th and Thanksgiving.
Check your calendars! While the identity of the exact founder of Labor Day remains a mystery, some historians believe the idea was fathered by a man named Peter McGuire. They claim that he planned that first parade in September of ’82 because of the optimum weather, as well as its comfortable spot on the calendar — right in between the July 4th and Thanksgiving.
- It officially ends hot dog season.
It’s true. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Labor Day ends the peak season of hot dog consumption. (But if you want a hot dog after the day — well, we won’t tell if you won’t.)
So, there you have it! Just a few fun facts about the holiday that celebrates you!
At Hamilton Connections, we’re thankful for the businesses and candidates that make up the American workforce. Without you, well, we wouldn’t be here. So, take some time, enjoy your family, and eat a hot dog or two for us!
Add a little coney sauce while you’re at it!
Brown 2 lbs. Ground beef and 1/2c chopped onion. Drain and then stir in:
1 ½ c ketchup
¼ c brown sugar
¼ c apple cider vinegar
3 Tab. mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp celery seed
1 tsp salt
½ tsp. ground pepper
Pour into a slow cooker and simmer for several hours. Serve with grilled hotdogs.