We all work hard and look forward to a day off. For many people, Labor Day is just a three-day weekend. An extra day off to have pool parties, BBQs and celebrate the end of summer. But the day was originally started as a way to remember and honor the plight of working-class people. It’s also meant for (wait for it…) resting.
We celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September. It’s an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.
At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the average American worked 12-hour days and six or seven days a week just to make a basic living wage.
People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.
Originally commemorated through parades, political speeches, and labor union activities, Labor Day was born amid rising unrest over oppressive working conditions — and a massive strike that threatened to turn violent.
Because of the protests of workers looking for better work conditions and protection in the workplace, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a legal holiday in 1894.
Take advantage of the extra day off from work that our ancestors fought for to recharge and prepare for the upcoming work week.
Slow down. Take the day for yourself. Turn off the alarm. Lie in bed for a few minutes.
Do things that nurture your soul. Take time in nature. Read a good book. Spend time with your family.
Turn the electronics off. It can be hard but take a day away from email, social media or any other distracting app.
Everyone deserves time off. If you want to celebrate Labor Day as it was originally intended, use it to rest up and recharge for the week ahead.