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Did we forget the meaning of labor in Labor Day?

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September and represents the end of summer to many of us. Since we are nearing this beloved holiday, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of Labor Day, which many people might have forgotten. We mostly remember this holiday as a family day, with Dad’s BBQ lit and Mom’s favorite potato salad in the fridge waiting to be devoured, but do we really think of the sacrifices people made in the old days? Do we remember that these same hard-working people are supposed to be honored on this day?

Let’s go back in time. In 1894, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike. It marked a celebration of the American labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It symbolizes union leaders fighting for worker’s rights. It honors the workers who stood up to make this a better place for the working class.

Back then it was celebrated as a street parade to exhibit the strength of labor organizations. It was a show of force and pride. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Now this was and is the real intent.

These days the holiday often marks the return to school. It also has become an important sale weekend for many retailers, some of them claiming it to be one of the largest sale dates of the year. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white. Of course no one observes this tradition today, especially on the warmer states like California and Arizona.

What to do in LA on Labor Day? For our U.S. sports fans, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the weekend of Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.

People who love festivals can check out the LA Country Fair, or listen to some classical music at the Hollywood Bowl, or even enjoy a Wet Pool Party at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Live Nation are bringing the spirit of “Budweiser Made In America”, a two-day music festival to Los Angeles during the 2014 Labor Day weekend.

Or check out this link for fun free events! Be safe!

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