Do You Know The History of Labor Day?

No? Well, you're in luck, because we're going to tell you. Then, you tell us what you're doing to celebrate.

While it might not have the same celebratory fanfare or spirit of togetherness as other holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, Labor Day does have an important message and story behind its meaning.

Labor Day was first celebrated in September 1882 as a "tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country," according to the United States Department of Labor.

The day was an invention of the labor movement as a way to commemorate American workmanship and the social and economic achievements accomplished through that blue collar attitude.

Labor Day became a designated holiday in 1884, and Americans have since celebrated the first Monday in September in a variety of ways in order to pay tribute to the hard work that helped shape this country's foundation.

So, be sure to honor that history today, as well as tell us what Labor Day means to you.

Patch Wants to Know: How are you going to celebrate and/or not "labor" today? Tell us in the comment section below.

Sherman September 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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