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Explore the origins of Labor Day in the Resource Connection

September 8, 2009

Sure, Labor Day is a great Holiday because most of us get the day off of work, but do you ever wonder where the tradition began?

According to our resource partners at the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Labor Day has been a significant celebration for American workers for many years: “In the 1880s a surge in growth of the American labor movement led to the creation of two workers’ holidays, Labor Day and May Day. May Day soon spread abroad, as European unions and socialist groups adopted it as an occasion to display their strength. Eventually the holiday came to be celebrated in almost every part of the world.

In the United States, however, workers more broadly celebrated Labor Day, successfully pressing to have it made a national holiday. Today, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and a chance for a final bit of vacation as much as it commemorates the toils and achievements of workers and their organizations.” Want to learn more, check out the entire resource from the Institute. And make sure to stop by the Resource Connection while you are at it!

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