Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day designates the legal holiday observed on the 1st Monday of September in the United States, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The celebration of the Day, commenced in the United States around 1882 in response to the initiatives of Knights of Labor, who held large parades in New York City in order to manifest solidarity with the working class.

Accordingly, the demonstrators held a large parade on the first Monday of September 1884 and resolved to hold similar parades onward on the day and declared the day as “Labor Day”. In order to officially designate the day as a legal holiday in the country, workers in other organizations of the state began to launch political campaigns.

Labor Day Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day

Consequently, in March 1887, yielding to that effect the first enactment of its nature was witnessed in Colorado, followed by New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The U.S. Congress, in 1894, declared the day a “legal holiday”. Today, the Labor Day is traditionally celebrated by holding parades, and speeches of labor leaders and political figures.

Canada also observes the Labor Day on first Monday in September. In this country, the labor demonstrations first appeared in 1872 in Ottawa and Toronto. However, the official recognition of the date commenced in 1894.

The aim and objective of commemorating the Labor Day:

To majority of people around the world, Labor Day may be just a day off at the end of summer. As far as myth behind the Labor Day is concerned, it is actually celebrated to pay rich tributes to the working class of men and women.

Role of ­­Labor unions in perspective:

The story started with the activation of Labor unions who used to celebrate the first labor days in the United States at their own. The scholars are of the opinion that it was Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, also a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, who came up with the genuine idea of a day of such description to manifest their solidarity with the working class.

Initially, it was the workers’ unions who selected the first Monday of September in view of its historical significance — it was midway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea got disseminated across lengths and breadths of the country, and some states had to legislate Labor Day as a ‘holiday’ before final enactment of federal holiday commenced.

In the United States the strength of labor unions skyrocketed by the mid of last century — about 40 percent of the work force was shared by unions. To-date, the population of union membership has plummeted to about 14 percent of the working population. The significance of Labor Day has, therefore, witnessed a steady declined. In the concurrent scenario, government offices, schools, and businesses keep closing on Labor Day each year. You will find people enjoying at beaches or having fun outdoor before the onset of winter, but the new generation is quite oblivious of the historical significance of the day.

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