Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day is an important holiday to U.S. culture and history. A holiday dedicated to the achievements of U.S. workers, Labor Day celebrates the people who built our country. Historians agree that the first Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, although there were various picnics and demonstrations to show support for labor issues before that date. That Tuesday was significant because many local labor unions in New York came together to truly show the strength of workers.
Historians debate whether Peter McGuire or Matthew Maguire first proposed the holiday in 1882, but it is certain that the Central Labor Union in New York adopted the proposal and planned the large demonstration and picnic. This first official celebration of Labor Day had a rocky start with only a few people marching in the parade, but by the end there were from 10,000 to 20,000 marchers. Eventually, after 31 states passed bills making Labor Day a holiday, Congress made it a national holiday on June 28th, 1894.
This year Labor Day falls on September 4th and on the birthday of a Texas superstar- Beyoncé. Other celebrities born on September 4th include: Mike Piazza, a former Major League Baseball player, Kyle Mooney, an actor on Saturday Night Live, and Granger Smith, a country singer.
True to spirit many Labor Day celebrations still hold a parade and a picnic. There will be a number of Labor Day celebrations throughout Senate District 19. A few this year include:
Labor Day Weekend at Market Square
September 2-September 4
514 W Commerce St.
Labor Day Weekend Grand Parade
September 2 at 10am
1000 block of North Getty Street
Fort Clark Springs Family Fun Day
Saturday, September 2 (all day)
Fort Clark Springs Pool, 300 US-90