Labor Day: The Unofficial End of Summer

September 1, 2017 By

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September, and commemorates the transformative strength of the workers’ movement throughout the United States.The results of their efforts lay the ground work for basic worker’s protections we enjoy today, from standardized work hours to workplace safety, child labor and fair pay.

The History of Labor Day

The first Labor Day march was held in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 and was a strike organized by laborers rallying for an 8 hour work day. The protest continued yearly and workers were forced to choose between a day of protesting and a day’s wages. That’s until Oregon became the first state to legalize Labor Day as a holiday in 1887. The holiday wasn’t officially added to the National Calendar until 1984. You can learn more about the history of Labor Day here.

Need a Recipe?

If you’re looking for one last summer hurrah, or just a reason to get together with friends and family one more time, you can’t go wrong with a classic cookout. Check out this mouth-watering list. For allergy-friendly and vegetarian fare, try here for some truly decadent ideas.

PRM wishes you a safe and memorable end to summer!


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