For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent Labor Day doing much less than labor. It’s a day of relaxing as far as I’m concerned.
On paper though, Labor Day is American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It also marks the end of the summer season, hence the barbecues, sporting events and outdoor activities associated with it.
Labor Day debuted in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. A street parade was held to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. A festival would follow the parade to amuse local workers and their families. As Labor days passed, prominent men and women held speeches alongside these celebrations. This is not as common these days. The most significant reason for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
As for why I celebrate it, it’s simply an opportunity to do nothing all day. Good times.