11 Labor Day Fun Facts

The summer season is coming to a close, and another holiday weekend is upon us! The first Monday in September is celebrated as Labor Day. This holiday was established to honor the economic and social achievements of employees in the United States. Most people celebrate today with picnics, BBQs, road trips, sporting events, parades and more. Keep reading for some fun facts about Labor Day from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks roofing company!

Fun Facts About Labor Day 

1. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. The event was planned by the Central Labor Union, and 10,000 workers, on unpaid leave, marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.

2. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as an official public holiday in 1887. Colorado, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey followed. 

3. During the 19th century, Americans worked 12-hour days, 7 days a week. The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.

4. Also during the 19th century, children as young as 5 years of age were working in factories and mines. The work conditions during this era were often poor and the pay was low. 

5. The decision to make Labor Day the first Monday of September was approved on June 28, 1894. This day was picked because it is between the 4th of July and Thanksgiving.

6. There's an ongoing debate on who actually first proposed a Labor Day holiday. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, while others believe it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist.

7. Most Americans think of Labor Day as an American holiday, but it actually has a Canadian origin.

8. Labor Day is unofficially known as the end of summer. However, the actual last of day of summer is not until September 22nd. 

9. Labor Day is considered the end of "Hot Dog Season." According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

10. The expression “no white after Labor Day” is said to come from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their summer clothes as they returned back to school and work. Typically, these summer clothes were lightweight and white. Over the years, it's become less of a faux pas. 

11. Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest travel holidays. In fact, approximately 25% of Americans plan to go out of town for the long weekend. Popular destinations in 2017 included New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago. 

The Above & Beyond Roofing team hopes you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend! Be sure to keep us in mind for all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs. We offer free roof inspections and free estimates. Just give us a call at 573-302-0354.

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