Happy Labor Day! It is really the last major holiday of the season – summer’s last hurrah. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Labor Day? Or, maybe you’re interested in some Labor Day quotes. Or, perhaps you’d like to know what’s open and what is not?
We’ve got you covered on that front as well. Let’s take a closer look at the Labor Day holiday and find out more about its origin and what it represents.
What is Labor Day?
The U.S. holiday falls on the first Monday of September each year. The purpose is to pay tribute to the contributions of American workers and their families. The first proposal for the holiday called for a street parade to show “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.
In England, Labour Day 2020 was celebrated on May 1.
In many ways, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Kids are going back to school and summer vacations are wrapping up. The three-day-weekend gives Americans one last chance to enjoy summer before fall arrives.
Why do we celebrate it?
The annual holiday was created by the labor movement to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers.
It recognizes the contributions working people make to the economic well-being and strength of the country. And what better way to honor hard-working Americans than by giving them a day off from work! And, if there are a street parade and festivities to go along with it, all the better!
When is Labor Day?
Here are some upcoming dates for Labor Day. The holiday always falls on the first Monday of September.
Here’s when the holiday falls for this year and the next two.
When is Labor Day 2019?
Monday, September 2, 2019
And, in 2020 and 2021?
A couple of later dates for 2020 and 2021.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Monday, September 6, 2021
Best Labor Day quotes
Without labor, nothing prospers.
Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.
Rules like ‘don’t wear white after Labor Day’ or ‘shoes matching the handbag’ are antiquated. Modern women should feel free to experiment.
Genius begins with great works; labor alone finishes them.
Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans.
James P. Hoffa
Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers.
Robert Green Ingersoll
As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers’ rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labor force.
If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.
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Labor Day sayings
While we are fighting for freedom, we must see, among other things, that labor is free.
Employment is nature’s physician and is essential to human happiness.
If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.
It is labor indeed that puts the difference on everything.
Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.
The candidate out front on Labor Day has historically been the one who stayed ahead in November.
For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal, and the communities we love.
Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration
Historical Labor Day quotes
According to Ted Watt’s ‘The First Labor Day Parade,’ the September date was chosen because it coincided with a Knights of Labor conference in New York, thus guaranteeing a sizable turnout for the festivities.
Brendan I. Koerner
A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday, with Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York quickly following suit.
Brendan I. Koerner
Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity, and strength, which define our nation’s character.
Quotes about work and working
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Dreams don’t work unless you do.
John C. Maxwell
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness.
Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.
Hard work quotes
Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that’s a really good feeling.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Thomas A. Edison
I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Labor Day history – who started it?
The American labor movement—specifically the Central Labor Union—created the holiday in 1882 in New York to honor the accomplishments of men and women workers. It was mainly celebrated at the local and state level. President Grover Cleveland signed the law making Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894 for all states, including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories.
Fun facts about Labor Day
1). While credit is generally given to the broader labor movement for the creation of the holiday, some evidence shows that the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (also co-founder of the American Federation of Labor), Peter J. McGuire, came up with the idea. Other records show it was machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union Matthew Maguire’s creation.
2). Ever hear the expression “you can’t wear white after Labor Day”? The old trope has roots in historical tradition. Wealthy 19th-century Americans often vacationed at lakeside or beach locations each summer. To beat the summer’s heat they would wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, usually made of linen. When the vacation season was over and they returned to work, a return to dark-colored business attire was required. Thus the idea that you can’t wear white after Labor Day was created.
3). Labor Day is one of ten official federal holidays. The other federal holidays are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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Here are some frequently asked questions about Labor Day.
How do we celebrate Labor Day?
The three-day weekend allows folks to enjoy some well-earned vacation before kids go back to school and fall activities take hold. For many people, the Labor Day weekend represents their last chance at summer activities. Here are some popular weekend traditions for your happy Labor Day.
Cookouts – Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and chicken seem to be standard fare.
Baseball games. A day at the ballpark is a great way to have a happy Labor Day.
Relax with friends. What better way to enjoy a happy Labor Day than to do it with friends?
Road trip travel.
Summer foods like corn on the cob, watermelon, and fresh fruit.
Going to the park.
What is closed on Labor Day?
Because Labor Day is a federal holiday, the following shops and services will be closed.
1). There is no mail delivery. All post offices close on Labor Day.
2). Banks are not open on Labor Day.
3). Shipping services like FedEx and UPS close.
4). Public schools are not open.
5). Most business offices close for the holiday.
6). The government shuts down on Labor Day. Most city, state and federal offices will be shuttered for the holiday, including government buildings and Federal Reserve banks. Additionally, most government services (like the DMV) will be closed or have restricted hours of operation.
7). A few major retailer stores close including Costco.
8). Parking meters are generally not enforced on Labor Day.
What is open on Labor Day?
Not everything shuts down on the end-of-summer holiday. Some businesses remain open, offering holiday sales and specials so folks can take advantage of the long weekend. Here’s a list of some of the places and services that are open for business on Labor Day.
1). Many restaurants, grocery stores, and liquor stores stay open for the holiday, but it is a good idea to call ahead or check online to confirm.
2). Emergency services like 911, police, and hospitals remain open.
3). Transportation services like airports, Amtrak trains, and bus services are open.
4). The national parks remain open on Labor Day, even though much of the federal government shut down for the holiday.
5). Some of the so-called big-box stores are open on Labor Day. These stores often feature holiday sales and promotions. Here’s a list of some retailers that are often open for business on Labor Day (be sure to call ahead or check online to confirm!):
c.) Home Depot
d.) T.J. Maxx
e.) Some shopping malls and stores are open on Labor Day. Many offer sales and discounts to celebrate the holiday.
Happy Labor Day!
It’s hard to find anything bad to say about this public holiday. But, all this talk about Labor Day has me wanting to take a little break from labor now. Happy Labor Day! And, with that, I’ll sign off.
By Greg Johnson
Greg is a writer and designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota who usually finds time to do a little fishing when he’s not at work. He likes going after the big Muskies.
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