Labor Day PicSNAP will return next week, when we will continue with Positive Thinking, Part 2.  Today we’re celebrating Labor Day, so we searched for some fun facts about what Labor Day is & why we celebrate it!

Here are some fun & interesting facts we learned:

Labor Day celebrates the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.

In the late 1800’s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living.  

President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.

By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.

When the idea for Labor Day first started, most workers only had every other Sunday off, as well as two holidays a year: Christmas and Fourth of July!

Traditionally people did not wear white after Labor Day since Labor Day was the unofficial the end of summer! (Are you still wearing those white shoes???).

These days many Americans celebrate Labor Day in the backyard, firing up the grill, camping in the park or a having day at the beach.  However, AAA estimates that nearly 35 MILLION people in the United States will travel on Labor Day, and those that do travel, will  go at least 50 miles from home & most will use the 3-day weekend for a road trip, instead of flying on a plane!

The 8-hour day was firmly established in 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating the hours of workers in private companies.

There is disagreement about who actually proposed Labor Day as a holiday.  Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe that it was Matthew Maguire, who was a machinist.  More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers!

But no matter who proposed Labor Day as a holiday,  we’re sending our Happy Labor Day wishes to you, no matter who first proposed this holiday!

Happy Labor Day from Mercury Broadcasting!