Labor Day is about more than just the long weekend; it’s about you. Really. The holiday was created in conjunction with the labor movement “to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers,” in the words of the Department of Labor.
Labor Day Is a Day for Fun—Officially
The first-ever Labor Day took place on September 5, 1882. It was dedicated to honoring the efforts of America’s working class—and it was founded specifically to provide recreation and amusement to them. Isn’t it good to know that the government acknowledges your hard work?
Workers’ Rights Are Still Important Today
You remember the stories from American history class in high school: Industrial Revolution, sweat shops, child labor, unsafe work environments, no benefits, no rights for workers… We owe these incredible advances to the efforts of the labor movement; we owe it to ourselves never to become complacent in terms of demanding our rights and knowing our worth.
Without Workers, America Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today
Our country is built upon many principles, but one of the most important things to remember is that it was, in fact, built. We owe a lot to the hard work of those who came before us, and—from making the most of our benefits to making sure we’re getting the wage we should—it’s time for us to think toward the future.
We hope you have a fun, relaxing day. (If you’re taking the day to relax, here are some suggestions of things to do.)
Happy Labor Day!