Summit Up 10-6-10: Glad it’s Labor Day!
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It’s Labor Day, it’s almost autumn, and new beginnings are in the air.
Breathe deep, Summit County. Take it all in. The energy, the beauty, the sidewalk sales.
We love it.
So, what is Labor Day? We consulted Google, and this is what we came up with.
According to the United States Department of Labor (this is official!), “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Sounds neat! But who founded this special day for workers?
“Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those ‘who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.’ But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.”
And when did Labor Day officially start?
“The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example.”
While we’re glad Labor Day was founded, we’re also super psyched that Summit County is offering such beautiful weather for its holiday revelers!
Keep it up, Mother Nature! It’s simply gorgeous.
We’re going to take a bike ride down Frisco’s Main Street.
We’re outside, enjoying the views, the brews, the food, our friends – old and new.
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