14. Labor Day – A Holiday to Honor Workers
Labor Day is observed on the first Monday
September. It is a holiday meant to honor
contributions, both economic and social, of U.S. workers.
has been an official federal holiday since 1894,
that government offices including post offices and schools
It is also widely thought that Labor
was created as an alternative holiday to May
. May Day, especially in the 1800s, had become
protest day, when workers marched to demand better
and working conditions. There were often strikes that
in violence. At the time, the U.S. government
afraid that May Day was being led by
and was having a bad influence on workers.
people feel September was also chosen since there
no other holidays between Fourth of July and
On Labor Day there are usually
in major cities around the country. Politicians and
leaders make speeches and hold press conferences. Labor
is also considered the unofficial end of summer.
people celebrate Labor Day with trips to the
, picnics, and barbecues. Many towns and cities host
on this day. Many people also take their
summer vacations around this time. Labor Day is
the beginning of the professional and college football
in the U.S.
Labor Day has also become
important retail holiday. Many stores have Labor Day
to coincide with the start of the school
for many children in the U.S. This means
many store workers, while their holiday is being
, have to work long hours.