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A Short History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! 

The last day in a three day long weekend that is about more than the end of summer and grilling out. A Federally recognized holiday marking the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

Unfortunately, the history of how this day become a holiday is steeped in tragedy and protest. In the late 19th century, after labor unions and trade unions of various states began celebrating their own local labor days, and following several strikes and Haymarket-style protests supporting socialism and anarchistic movements, President Cleveland declared that the first Monday in September would be celebrated as Labor Day across the country!

Today, most people take for granted the struggled of the early labor movement yet continue to reap the benefits of those that cam before to ensure fair and ethical treatment of workers, honest wages for honest work and a reasonable work week.

Most people think of Labor Day today as the unofficial end of summer as it ends the cultural summer season, with kids going back to school just before or just after the holiday. Summer doesn’t officially end until the September Equinox closer to the end of the month, though.

So, if you are here in the States, get out there and get one last grill out with your family or maybe enjoy some of the excellent sales that usually take place during this weekend/week and we hope you have a happy and safe Labor Day!

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