Labor Day is fun and invokes visions of hot dogs, fruit fluff salad, frisbee, movie theater seats, and relaxing with friends and family. No matter how we create our fun on Labor Day, I try to take a moment to remember all this fun was made possible by the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Here are some lesser known facts about today’s holiday: The first Labor Day celebration was September 5th, 1882 in New York City! And it was Tuesday after this first Labor Day when 10,000 workers marched for labor rights in the streets of Manhattan. At this point in history the average American worked more than 12 hours a day, six days a week in likely unsafe conditions. Our rights as laborers have come a long way and we are grateful to the citizens who stood up for not only themselves, but also generations to come.
It’s more of a movie kind of Labor Day here in WI as we’re hitting our 3rd consecutive day of rain, but we won’t let that stop our fun! From our business to yours, enjoy this day full of relaxation and the last bits of summer.
By the way, did you know Labor Day marks the official end of hot dog season? It’s true! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, there are lots of fun facts to learn about hot dogs and their sausage cohorts. Now, quick, go fire up your grill to get in one last hot dog before the season runs out!