The History of Labor Day

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June 28, 1894, President Cleveland signed the act making Labor Day a national holiday. Therefore, on the first Monday of September each year the U.S. celebrates Labor Day to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of American workers. 

Though today this national holiday is seen as a fun-filled celebration, it originated during a miserable time in America’s labor history. It was at the peak of the Industrial Revolution when Americans worked twelve hard hours, seven days a week just to barely get by. And those twelve-hour shifts were not exactly safe and easy. So, the workers began to revolt and protest the poor working conditions and lousy pay rates. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, this was the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. This idea of a “workingmen’s” holiday would not be legalized until about twelve years later. 

To celebrate the great workers of America, there are parties, parades, cookouts, sales, and more. Specifically in Dallas, there will be Sundresses and Shades II Day Party at Dibs on Victory, the first ever Dallas Reggae Festival at Longhorn Ballroom, a Milk and Honey Party at Clutch Bar & Restaurant, and The Texas Pool Party.

Tell us about any other exciting Labor Day events in the comments section below and we will add them to the blog.

Happy Labor Day from our iLENDi team!

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