What Is Labor Day?
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Labor Day is recognized as the unofficial end to summer. Most kids are back in school and families with kids will settle into a routine revolving around school and related activities. I can still remember the excitement as a student of returning to school in the fall.
Labor Day is recognized as a national holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the first Monday in September. The Department of Labor states that the holiday is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The Labor Day holiday came about at a time when the average American worker worked 7 days a week with 12 hour shifts, many with horrible working conditions. There is some indecision over who first had the idea for the holiday. Peter J. McGuire and Matthew Maguire were both leaders of different labor groups. Peter is said to have first proposed the idea and Matthew is said to have championed the holiday. Oregon was the first state to pass a law and recognize Labor Day as a Holiday in 1887. By 1894, 23 states had adopted the holiday. Labor Day was made a national holiday on June 28, 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed a bill designating the national holiday to be celebrated on the first Monday in September.
Join the Extension Master Gardeners for the Successful Gardener program this Thursday, September 1, at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Abby Artemisia, the founder of The WANDER School and her topic will be herbs. Abby will give you harvesting techniques to maximize your yield. She’ll talk about how to preserve your herbs for culinary and first aid benefits all fall and winter long, including drying and storage options. She will also speak about the personal experience she used to write her book, The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders. The program will be held online via Webex. This class is free but registration is required at mastergardenersunioncountync.org.
Thanks to all of you for your contributions to our great county, state, and nation and I hope you enjoy your Labor Day Holiday.