Sales or School: What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

Labor Day is almost here. To most Americans, this means Labor Day sales, gearing up to go back to school, and the end of summer. But, this holiday actually holds much more meaning than that. Labor Day was created as a dedication to the American workforce. It is meant to honor the social and economic achievements made possible by the working American citizens. Labor Day was created in the late 1800s.

The holiday was first incorporated by state Legislature in New York, and Oregon first enacted Labor Day as law. That same year, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New Jersey followed suit. In 1894, Congress made the first Monday of September a national holiday for the rest of the United States. To this day, we still use Labor Day weekend as a time to relax, forget about work, and enjoy time with our loved ones.

“I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day.”
-Lewis Black

“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.”
-Doug Larson

“Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans.”
-James P. Hoffa

“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.”
– Bertrand Russell

“Of all the American educational system’s problems, none is more severe than the academic year beginning before Labor Day.”
-P. J. O’Rourke

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.”
-John D. Rockefeller

“Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.”
-Samuel Gompers

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