Labor Day seems to be a misgiving title to me. When you 'labor', you work. But, here in America, we
celebrate laboring by having a holiday, and most people barbecue. My husband's family has a family reunion every year on Labor Day.
When I was young, Labor Day signaled the end of summer, and the beginning of the school year. Our school system always started the day after Labor Day. It was easy to remember when school started; you never
had to run for a program or a calendar.
The real reason for Labor Day is to honor the working class of people. It is a legal holiday not only in America, but Canada, and Puerto Rico. It's always on the
first Monday in September. Europe celebrates Labor Day on May 1 each year.
Matthew Maguire, from New Jersey, and Peter McGuire, from New York City, are credited with coming up with the idea of a holiday honoring the working people.
They both played a big part in helping get together the first Labor Day parade held in New York in 1882. Oregon was the first state to legalize the Labor Day holiday in 1887. Then, in 1894, President Cleveland
signed the bill making it a national holiday.