For many, Labor Day is the ultimate long weekend, the end of summer and the beginning of cooler weather. Labor Day is a dedication to the achievements of workers and the contributions they have made to the prosperity of the country.
Here are four interesting facts about the history of the holiday:
- In 1882, before the day was recognized as a national holiday, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Wendel’s Elm Park, the largest park in New York City at the time. They gathered with their families for picnics, concerts, and speeches.
- Eight-hour workdays were not established until 1916. The Adamson Act instituted the eight-hour workday across the country and it was the first federal law that regulated employees hours at private-sector companies.
- 97% of U.S. employers recognize Labor Day as a paid day off from work, according to a Bloomberg BNA survey, and Virginia Green Lawn Care is one of them.
- In 1898, Samuel Gompers, the head of the American Federation of Labor said that Labor Day was meant to be a time when workers “lay down their tools of labor for a holiday and take a day for themselves.”
So, whether you’re stepping away from a laptop or a tool belt, this weekend is a three-day salute to what you and your colleagues have achieved together! We hope everyone enjoys their day!