Top 10 Interesting and Entertaining Labor Day Facts for Children
Even if the summer may be coming to an end, the celebration can continue. Have some fun and hot dogs while serving up some family-friendly Labor Day facts.
Labor Day is a widely observed holiday in the United States that is frequently linked with barbecues, pool parties, and beach days. After all, today is the final unofficial day of summer.
Despite this, most people are unaware of the origins of this cherished long weekend. Hence, as you enjoy the final rays of the summer sun this September, think about educating your kids about the cultural significance of this federal holiday.
What Is the Labor Day History?
In New York City, the inaugural Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882. Workers protested on their unpaid days off because they were fed up with the demanding 16-hour workdays and unfriendly working conditions. Congress established a law designating Labor Day as a recognized federal holiday in 1894. Since then, people have celebrated it!
Who Established Labour Day?
While the precise “founding father” of Labor Day is unknown, there are undoubtedly some significant figures.
Documents from 1882 show that the idea for a day to honor the working class originated with Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor.
The concept was put out by Matthew Maguire, who was the Central Labor Union’s secretary in New York, according to more recent research.
Afterward, he became the secretary of Paterson, New Jersey’s Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists.
Although McGuire and Maguire both attended the first Labor Day procession in New York City in 1882, it is debatable who actually “founded” the holiday.
Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?
Labor Day recognizes the working people and all of their sacrifices that have aided in the development of our nation. The holiday is now observed as the unofficial conclusion of the summer season.
How many people work in the United States?
The U.S. labor force reached its highest level of 164.6 million workers in February 2020. Anybody above the age of 16 who is employed or unemployed is considered to be a member of the “labor force.”
How Is Labor Day Celebrated Today?
The first Monday in September is observed as a nationwide “day off” from work in observance of Labor Day. Most people spend the day with their loved ones, enjoying the last of their favorite summertime pastimes like swimming and eating hot dogs.
Why Is It Banned From Wearing White After Labor Day?
People may frequently utter the phrase “You can’t wear white pants after Labor Day,” but where did this urban legend originate? Its origin might astound you. This “law” of fashion dates back to the 1800s and was first used to distinguish between social strata.
Wearing light colors was considered a show of status because it suggested that the wearer was well-off enough to take a trip in the fall or winter and didn’t have to worry about smudging their white work attire. After Labor Day, those who couldn’t afford these extravagances didn’t wear white, which gave rise to the ridiculous custom we still observe today.
So don’t worry, you can choose any color you want to wear!
Other Interesting Labor Day Information
Looking for some more amusing information? Here are a few noteworthy aspects of Labor Day.
Only the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and the day before Thanksgiving are busier travel days than Labor Day.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 818 hot dogs are consumed every second, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. In just three months, this equates to 7 billion hot dogs!
On Labor Day in 1955, the renowned American restaurant company Waffle House unveiled its first location.
In the United States, Labor Day is reportedly the third most popular day to grill.
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