It’s Labor Day Weekend. A long weekend to end the summer.
Although the first day of fall isn’t until September 22, Labor Day is a symbolic end. Pools are closing, school has started, leaves are beginning to change color, nights are getting cooler. Not to mention Halloween decorations are out and Christmas decorations aren’t too far behind.
The first Labor Day law was passed on February 21, 1887. Yep, it’s been a holiday 129 years this year! Oregon got first dibs on Labor Day, but four other states got in on it that year: our very own Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. In 1894, on June 28, Congress passed a law that Labor Day would be celebrated the first Monday in September in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the territories.
Canada also celebrates its own Labour Day the first Monday of September, voted on on July 23, 1894. Other countries around the world have their own Labor Days, on various days. Some coincide with International Workers’ Day, which is May 1 (May Day).
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