Why Do We Even Celebrate Labor Day?

As I woke up on Labor Day I wondered if people really knew why we celebrate this federal holiday.

I then laid in bed wondering how many people even know why it was signed into law.
Staying true to my general way of being I  knew that my next step was to begin to dig. Herein are the results of my Labor Day research.
The first Labor Day holiday included a parade organized by trade unions. It was celebrated on September 5, 1882.
Participants in the 1960 Labor Day Parade
Oregon was the first to officially designate Labor Day as a holiday. However, New York held the first Labor Day rally.
This holiday is often celebrated with BBQ and holiday shopping but it came out of a long battle of workers fighting for their rights.

The Pullman Strike of 1894 preceded the United States Congress unanimous approval to make Labor Day a national holiday

The Pullman Strike was a Chicago based railroad strike that disrupted railroad traffic from June to July 0f 1892. The strike was a response by Pullman workers to the treatment of the Pullman company who, in response to the depression, cut wages but did not reduce the rent that they were charging to workers and their families who lived in the company town. When a peaceful group of workers went too Pullan to complain about the wages, 16-hour workdays and subpar living conditions he ordered them fired. A strike was born.

The strike would not come to an end until the United States Army and Marshals Service stepped in. President Cleveland gave the order. It did not go as planned. The federal troops and the strikers clashed violently. Communities became enraged and riots broke out. Time describes it as “one of the bloodiest strikes in U.S. history.”

President Cleveland’s popularity suffered. He would never be President again.


So here we are on the first Monday of September having read through a history lesson. I hope that you have learned something, I know I did.

Most people see the Labor Day holiday as an end of summer celebration. However, I feel that it is important to understand that it is much more than that.

Now it is your turn. What are your thoughts?

Author: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
With over 25 years of experience, Elise Cohen Ho, PhD, HHP, NC, MH is an expert in natural health (mental, physical and emotional), support of the family unit and support of the individual. As a Natural Health & Lifestyle Therapist, Amazon International Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker, she wants every person to understand that they bring incredible POWER to the world with their amazing and unique gifts. Elise is available as a freelance writer, public speaker and for private consultation. Please email elise@elisecohenho.com to set up a FREE consultation today.


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