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So...Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

I know I could look it up I was just wondering if anyone else knew...


Asked by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on Sep. 7, 2009 in Holidays

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Answers (6)
  • For the women that gave Labor. ;-) lol


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:57 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • ­For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.



    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 6:28 AM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • Labor Day is a fairly new holiday. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday
    in 1894. It was originally only celebrated in New York, when the Central Labor
    Union sought to create "a day off for the working citizens".

    The word "labor" means to work.

    At the time Labor Day originated, many people worked 12 to 14 hours a day
    and did not get weekends off. They worked six and sometimes 7 days a week!
    Today, if you worked 12 hours a day, six days a week you would get paid a lot
    of money. But in 1882 that was not the case. Workers were paid very little
    money back then.

    People were paid so little money that it was sometimes necessary for families
    to send their children to work at jobs. By the time many children were 11 or 12
    years old, they were already working a full time job.


    Answer by DawnA72 at 1:36 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • A group called the Central Labor Union was formed, and it was part of a
    larger group called the Knights of Labor. The Knights of Labor fought with
    words and votes rather than swords. They fought to get children out of the
    factories and mines. They fought for better pay. They fought for safer
    working conditions.

    Many other countries had holidays for different types of workers where they got
    the day off. They spent these days going on picnics and to parades. The
    workers of New York missed their old worker's holiday in their new country.
    They told the Central Labor Union how they felt, and in 1882 the New York
    City Central Labor Union decided to hold a "labor festival".

    The first Labor Day Festival was held on Monday, September 5, 1882. Workers
    came to the parade wearing their work clothes. They marched in the parade,
    picnicked with their families, and talked about how important the worker

    Answer by DawnA72 at 1:37 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • They also talked about ways to end child labor. People sang and danced.
    Fireworks were set off and bands played.

    Worker's all over America liked the idea of a worker's holiday, so the idea spread
    quickly. By 1889, 400 cities had labor days like the one in New York. Several
    states passed Labor Day laws. Oregon was the first state to pass such a law.

    By the 1930's, every state in the United States celebrated Labor Day.

    As Labor Day spread, workers solved many of their problems. Laws against
    child labor were passed. Work days were made shorter. By joining together
    into unions they workers were able to change things that one person alone could not have changed.

    We celebrate Labor Day to honor American workers for their hard work. Many businesses are closed. Schools are closed. Some big cities have Labor Day parades.

    Answer by DawnA72 at 1:40 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • Holy crap DawnA...she asked what time it is and you told her how to make a watch lol.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 PM on Sep. 11, 2009