Labor Day was originally started with the intent to honor American workers. While that tradition is still strong, it has also become known as the holiday weekend to relax and spend some time off with your family. At PowerPortal we honor the American worker everyday with our made in the USA products. This weekend we plan to both honor America and spend time with our families. We wish you a safe and happy weekend filled with fun and family as well. Oh, and may we suggest taking your classic car out for a spin in the beautiful summer weather while it lasts!
Here are some Labor Day fun facts for you to impress your friends and family with this weekend…
- It isn’t completely clear who originally came up with the concept of Labor Day but it has been narrowed down to two people. Some people say that it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others say it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist, who was to become the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J. Funny that it is between two people with the same name, just different spellings.
- Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.
- In 1884 Labor Day was first celebrated on the 1st Monday in September, making it officially a part of a three day weekend.
- Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday on February 21, 1887.
- Labor Day was officially made a federal holiday on June 28th, 1894.
Happy Labor Day from PowerPortal!