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Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

We thought it might be fun to share a few facts about the US and Canadian holiday Labor Day, which is being celebrated today.

1. More than 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City in 1882 to protest 16-hour workdays, 7 days a week. (Blech! Now I don't feel so bad about working this Labor Day.)

2. In the early 1800s, kids as young as 5 years old worked in factories. (And I can't even get my 15 and 10-year olds to clean their rooms.)

3. Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday of September in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Other nations observe the holiday on May 1st. (May Day)

4. The "Don’t Wear White After Labor Day" rule is believed (Time Magazine) to come from the well-heeled wearing white during their summer vacations and then changing back to dark colors for when they returned to the sooty, dusty city to get back to work. (That rule is old fashioned now and no longer the rule.)

5. Labor Day is the second largest shopping day in the United States. The day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) is the largest.

6. Labor Day facts really aren’t that fun. 

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday!


  1. LOL, Samantha! Happy Labor Day, everyone!

  2. LOL on your kids not cleaning their rooms, Samantha!!