started as a vague concept based on the dreams of the working class had
its beginnings in the early 1800s. However, the "holiday" was
not celebrated until September 5th, 1882 by the Central Labor Union in New
York City. In 1884 it was changed to the first Monday in September.
As the years passed, more and more unions and working class people began
to celebrate this "working man's" holiday and States throughout
the US began to recognize this day. In 1894 Congress officially
declared the first Monday in September to be "Labor Day."
Day History and Facts
History of Labor Day (Dep't of Labor): Information on the holiday and
Day (Wilstar): Gernal history of the holiday of Labor Day.
Day (TheHolidaySpot): Information, history and links relating to Labor
of Labor (U-S-History.com): A brief history on the organization that
helped push the inception of Labor Day.
(official site): Home page of the largest
worker's union in the U.S.
Labor Day Activities
Themes: Labor Day (EduPlace)
Day Crafts (Enchanted Learning)
Facing the end of summer is never a
happy thought, but Labor Day marks the end of the warm winter months and
introduces us to the cold weather to come. Let your labor day gifts
reflect the warmth of the summer so that it will stay with the recipient
for the months to come. There is nothing warmer than good food and
to a BBQ/Party: There are a few ideas for
things to bring to Labor day BBQ. A cheap way of bringing a platter
of cookies is to buy a platter at a 99 cents store with a few packages of
cookies from your local market. You can also purchase Gift Baskets to bring, but you need to order it early.
If the people at the group are drinkers, you can bring them a nice bottle
of wine which is always welcome. If the host knows that their
guests are beer drinkers, they probably have the customary Budweiser or
Miller - so bring something from a smaller company like a local
microbrewery, or get something exotic.
a BBQ/Party: Give yourself and everyone else a
gift by providing great food. Find the best butcher in your neighborhood
and order their finest cuts of meat. Also have the best assortment
of drinks and side dishes for your guests. If you do not have a good
butcher near you, or do not know where to look, Omaha Steaks provides everything you need for a great BBQ.
For Children: Parents and
guardians work the whole year long. They give you food and shelter,
they also buy you clothing and toys and not to mention allowance.
Labor Day is a great time to show them how much you appreciate what they
do for you. Get them something to show you care - send your mom
something nice, like some flowers. Send your dad a fine cigar. You can also send them a
Vermont Teddy Bear, dressed to
match their profession.