The first Monday in September, or Labor Day, is a day set aside in honor of “the social and economic achievements of American workers.”
For many of us, that means a three-day weekend to celebrate the symbolic end of summer. Even though many students went back to school beginning in early August, and although much of the United States still has some warm weather to enjoy before fall really kicks in, Labor Day is often celebrated as a kind of summer send-off.
It’s one last chance for barbecues, pool parties, summer travel, and outdoor fun. It’s also the start of football season, and traditionally, the last acceptable day to wear white (not that anyone abides by that anymore!)
Labor Day wasn’t always about football and barbecues.
Labor Day got its start in the 1880s, as a result of the labor movement. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries the labor movement worked towards better treatment for workers.