Labor day: all play and no work

Labor day: all play and no work

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calendar Labor DaySydney Fowler

Every year in the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.

This year Labor Day, known as the working men’s holiday falls on September 7, 2015, and is dedicated to the achievements of American workers.

This holiday is very much deserved for those who work hard and it’s a great time to celebrate with family and friends. People all around the U.S. celebrate in their own way, making it one of the most celebrated holidays.

Labor Day weekend is celebrated with parties and parades, and to many people, is an unofficial sign that summer is coming to an end, while football season is right around the corner. Labor Day weekend starts the season for many football teams who play their first games as part of the celebration.

“My family and I go to Lake Oconee every year for Labor Day, enjoying our weekend riding the boat and jet skis,” Caylee Durden, freshman, said.

Originally, Labor Day was not a celebration; it was a protest to create a time to celebrate the hard work Americans have done throughout their entire lives, working seven days a week and 12 hours a day. Workers were tired of doing so much work with no credit given that in 1882 over 10,000 people marched into Union Square Park in New York City. By 1893 more than half of the U.S. observed the holiday. In 1894, 12 years after the protest, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill that was written and introduced to congress for Labor Day to become a federal holiday.

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