What is the Deal with Labor Day?

By Storbox Self-Storage on August 30, 2013 - Comments off

There are many observed holidays in the U.S. and one of the vaguest ones happens to be coming up on Monday, September 2 … Labor Day. Not many people know what Labor Day is about as it is one of the lesser-known (and not as festive) holidays. Luckily, we know all about Labor Day at STORBOX and want to pass on the information so everyone knows what they’re commemorating on Monday.

The Meaning of Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday always celebrated on the first Monday of September, which came about during the labor movement in the late 1880s. It is dedicated to the economic and social achievements and contributions of American workers to the prosperity, strength, and well-being of the United States.

The first governmental observance of Labor Day came through municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886, but the first state legislation to make Labor Day law was passed on February 21, 1887 in Oregon. Other states followed suit and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

The Guy Who Started it All, Supposedly

Though there is still some doubt as to the exact founder of Labor Day, the holiday is usually attributed to Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. But other research demonstrates that machinist Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday while secretary of the New York Central Labor Union in 1882. Since we don’t know exactly who founded it, we just play it safe and say thank you to both men.

Supporting the U.S Workforce

As your neighborhood self-storage facility, we would like to say Happy Labor Day to all the hardworking people out there and hope that you have some fun planned for the three-day weekend!

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