The Origins of Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend has arrived! The time has come to sit back, relax and enjoy one last long weekend of the warm summer season. Why is it that we have this three day weekend at the beginning of September each year though? Keep reading as your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company takes a look at the origins of the Labor Day holiday.

What is Labor Day?


Labor Day is often referred to as the unofficial end of summer, especially here at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, the holiday was created to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is always celebrated on the first Monday of September, and constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The Origins of Labor Day 


While it was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. At this time, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square. This was considered the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. After a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday. Check out this video to learn more about the history of this holiday:



Labor Day Weekend Today


Today, Labor Day Weekend is celebrated in cities and towns across the U.S., with parades, picnics, barbecues, firework displays and other public gatherings. No matter what you choose to do this holiday weekend, Above & Beyond Roofing hopes you have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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