As most of us know, Labor Day is a Federal Holiday but what does it stand for or represent? If you were to go by ads on TV, print and online, you might think it is a holiday celebrating consumerism. For example neither Lowes Home Improvement stores nor Home Depot have any mention of their workers, let alone a thank you to them! It is a holiday to celebrate the work-force, the laborers who form the backbone of our society and make our machines that keep us on the go.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” The first national celebration of Labor Day was held in 1909 in New York City. The holiday itself was the impetus of labor unions scattered around the country.