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A lesson in history: Labor Day

By Lisa A. Davis

today's lesson snipThe modern Labor Day has long been associated with the official end of summer, and it wasn’t so long ago that most schools, public and private and those in between, waited until this holiday passed before opening the doors to another school year. Now, most of us know it as the first Monday off from what has been a very short school year so far.

It’s a day of backyard barbecues, family gatherings, trips to the beach and yes, another reason for retailers of many kinds to have a big sale. But what many people don’t know is the history behind the day celebrated the first Monday of September year after year. The funny thing is the first Labor Day was actually celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, but that changed two years later. After all, we certainly like those long holiday weekends

So here are some helpful links to learn a bit more about the history of Labor Day:

History of Labor Day by the U.S. Department of Labor

Time For Kids History of Labor Day

History Channel’s Labor Day Video

New York Post: The evolution of Labor Day — and of American labor

Happy reading and Happy Labor Day! Be safe, everyone!