Is it the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year?
- Labor Day originally started with trade unionists marching down the street with banners and their tools of trade in the late 1800s.
- Today, it’s a confused US holiday with no associated rituals — for most it marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year.
- The first Labor Day occurred in 1882 in New York City , because workers felt they were spending too many hours on the job.
- The founders wanted a means of unifying union workers and a reduction in work time.
- They declared a one-day strike in the city — all striking workers were expected to march in a parade and then eat and drink at a giant picnic afterwards.