Labor day has been historically celebrated for countless years paying tribute to the contributions and achievements of Americans. During the Industrial Revolution, workers in America would work seven days a week just to earn the basic wage to sustain their families. Children too were employed despite the horrendous working conditions. The idea of ‘Labor Day’ emerged in the 19th century and a parade was instituted by the unions in New York to celebrate and appreciate the hard working Americans. The workers had to give up a day’s pay to attend the parade. However, over 20,000 people turned up for the parade making it a celebration to remember.
The movement spread to other states and 12 years after the first parade in 1882, President Cleveland officially declared the first Monday of September as Labor Day.
How do we celebrate now?
Many places in the U.S. still do have festivities similar to the kind held in the 19th century. However, the focus has now shifted to a more celebrated approach, symbolising the end of summer for Americans. Labor Day Holiday is a busy time, with everyone getting ready to relax on the weekend with cookouts and pool parties, and just enjoy themselves on this holiday.
A tradition famously encouraged during this time is the discounts. Labor Day sales usually start a week before the actual day and if you are looking to get your hands on some kitchen appliances or some other electronics, then you won’t want to miss the deals at Walmart and Amazon!
Labor Day is celebrated in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. as well. This year Labor Day is celebrated on September 6 and It’s the three day weekend that’s been much awaited.
Here are 5 things you can do this Labor Day
Take a hike
Get away from the chaotic hectic life and explore new places like the Yosemite Valley Area of Yosemite National Park, a popular trekking trail for the trek lovers. If you are looking for a more peaceful and quiet place, try the Four Mile Trail and the Swinging Bridge Trail.
Go out for barbeques
Want to relax on the weekend with family and friends? Set up a barbeque stand in your backyard and cook up some lovely smokey brisket that everyone is going to love.
If you want to have some ‘Me Time’ this holiday, go for a swim and relax under the sun while you let your body cool down, as you remove the stresses of the week.
Go for a cruise
Want to enjoy a special evening with your loved one? Treat yourselves by going on a cruise and indulging in a few gourmet delicacies, while listening to some of your favourite nostalgic music.
Watch a movie
If you feel a bit seasick and aren’t really a fan of cruises, watch some good old classic movies like The Sound of Music or Grease, or unwind with your favorite Rom Com series from Netflix.
Labor Day traditions have transformed over the years but the reason as to why it started cannot be forgotten. This day will be remembered as a sign of gratitude toward the accomplishments of American workers.