Labor Day


Heather Gammon, Co-Editor-in-Chief

To students, Labor Day has become symbolic of the end of summer, ushering in the start of school.  To others, Labor Day means a day off work. But many who enjoy this long weekend remain ignorant of this holiday’s fascinating origins.


What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday, taking place on the first Monday in September every year. This day celebrates workers who have helped forge our unique economy.


Why Was it Created?

Labor Day was created by unions  toward the end of the 19th century when workers sought better working conditions, fairer wages and union representation.


When Was it Created?

Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. It became a federal holiday in 1894.


Is it just a U.S. holiday?

Labor Day has fast become popular worldwide. For instance, Canada and Australia both celebrate this holiday. But most countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1.


What does Labor Day Mean Now?

There are still plenty of issues in the workforce. Some widely debated topics are unemployment rates, the gender wage gap, and a livable minimum wage.


How do People Celebrate?

Labor Day is celebrated with parties, parades, and barbecues. This holiday has rapidly commercialized over the years; nowadays many stores are having sales Labor Day weekend.