Impress Your Friends and Family at Dahlgren With These 4 Fun Facts About Labor Day!
September 1, 2015
We all know that on the first Monday of every September, we're treated to a long holiday weekend, thanks to Labor Day. But what do you really know about this federal holiday and last hurrah of the summer season? Here a few facts that might surprise you!
1) Labor Day celebrates and recognizes the hard work of every person in America's civilian workforce — all 155 million of them!
2) The first Labor Day parade took place on September 5, 1882, in New York City. Approximately 100,000 workers marched in the parade, which was organized by the Central Labor Union.
3) Labor Day was made a federal holiday in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland.
4) During the late 19th century, workers were only given time off from work on July Fourth, Christmas, and every other Sunday. Children as young as 5 years old toiled in mines and factories!
Want to read more about Labor Day, Dahlgren? Check out the links below!
Labor Day [History.com]
Labor Day Fast Facts [CNN]
10 Labor Day Facts [Forbes]
10 little-known facts about American labor and Labor Day [KPCC]