The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Labor Day Fun Facts

Labor Day Fun Facts: Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

  • Peter McGuire is considered the Father of the Labor Day holiday.
  • The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City.
  • Canada is said to have originated the idea of hosting a day honoring the labor movement.
  • Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
  • The decision to make Labor Day the first Monday of September was approved on June 28, 1894.
  • Labor Day started as a part of the labor union movement, to recognize the contributions of men and women in the US workforce, but modernly is seen as a chance to celebrate the last weekend of summer.
  • The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.
  • Historians say the expression “no white after Labor Day” comes from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.
  • There is still a Labor Day parade in New York City, which takes place throughout the 20 blocks north of the 1882 labor march.
  • The average American’s commute to work takes 25.8 minutes.

Labor Day Fun Facts We May Have Missed

If so, please feel free to let us know about the Labor Day Fun Facts we missed. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia facts about Labor Day.

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