Americans celebrated Labor Day for the first time in September of 1882 when the labor organization Knights of Labor convened in New York City. In honor of their gathering, a parade of other labor organizations was held. (http://time.com/4922395/labor-day-holiday-history/) In May of that same year, Vice President of the American Federation of Labor, Peter J. McGuire, is supposed to have suggested the idea of a “celebration of the laboring classes” to the Central Labor Union. McGuire suggested the first Monday of September because of the tolerant weather and the idea that the holiday would sit between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. (https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history)
Labor Day is also seen as the unofficial end of summer due to children all over the United States beginning school the Tuesday following holiday. While some schools hold off on starting the year until after Labor Day, others opt to make it the first holiday of the school year. Either way, Labor Day often marks the end of days at the pool and the start of days at a desk.
And let’s not forget the White Rule! Labor Day is thought to be the last day that we can wear white (until Spring comes back around). But, hey, who cares? Given that it’s kind of an outdated ruled created by society ladies in the late 19th and early 20th century. (https://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a22483/white-after-labor-day/)
Who doesn’t love having a cookout with friends and family? Labor Day is traditionally celebrated with Main Street parades and backyard barbeques. Here are a few ideas and recipes to keep your Labor Day cool!