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The History of Labor Day

As we pack away our white clothes for yet another year and gear up to celebrate a long three day weekend, it is important to reflect on the importance of the Labor Day holiday.  Always the first Monday in September, many see it as the unofficial end of summer, the start of a new school year, but how many know the origins of the holiday? The first Labor Day holiday can be traced back to New York City in 1882.  It became a national holiday in 1894.  The debate still rages as to who can take credit for starting the holiday.  Some say it was a carpenter, others a machinist.  No one knows for sure.  What is important however, is that we reflect and celebrate all those who contribute to our society by putting in a hard day’s work and to those employers who offer the opportunity to do so.  Happy Labor Day!

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