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The Labor Day Holiday is coming up in a week, Monday, September 5. Besides the fact that this holiday is known for barbeques, the start of football season, and a Monday off, what else do you know about this holiday? Enjoy these fun facts about Labor Day!
- Labor Day originated in Canada in 1872. It was a day to honor the labor movement. This idea was later adopted by the United States in the 1880s.
- The first celebrated Labor Day in the United States was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. The Central Labor Union planned a parade for their members. Over 20,000 members took a day without pay to attend.
- Other regions later adopted the idea of a Labor Day Parade. Some states made Labor Day a state holiday in 1887.
- In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed an act making Labor Day a federal holiday. In the act he signed, Labor Day was designated to be held on the first Monday of September.
- Labor Day is known to be the “unofficial” end to summer. But did you also know that it is also the “unofficial” end to hot dog season? The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that Americans eat 7 million hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- You may have heard of the idea of “no white after Labor Day”. Which comes from the idea of the upper class returning from their summer vacations and putting away their lightweight summer clothes before returning to school and work.
- Labor Day weekend is usually the biggest retail sales weekend. Unfortunately for retail employees, that means working on Labor Day.
- Labor Day also celebrates the Adamson Act – which was passed on September 3, 1916, changing the average work week from 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
- Labor Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year!
- The New York City Labor Day parade is still held today north of where the original parade was held!
- The First Citizens Kanawha location participates in their local Labor Day parade which marks the end of parade season for our bank.
Hope you enjoyed learning more about the Labor Day Holiday! Just a reminder, First Citizens will be CLOSED on Monday, September 5. To view other bank holidays, click here.
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