LABOR DAY

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What is Labor Day?

Labor Day has been observed the first Monday in September since 1884 as a tribute to U.S. workers. The first Labor Day Parade was held in New York City in 1882.

 Labor Day Parade, Union Square, N.Y. 1882.

Labor Day, which marks the official end of summer, 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.

Twenty thousand workers marched in a parade up Broadway. They carried banners that read “LABOR CREATES ALL WEALTH,” and “EIGHT HOURS FOR WORK, EIGHT HOURS FOR REST, EIGHT HOURS FOR RECREATION!” After the parade there were picnics all around the city. Workers and celebrants ate Irish stew, homemade bread and apple pie. At night, fireworks were set off. Within the next few years, the idea spread from coast to coast, and all states celebrated Labor Day. In 1894, Congress voted it a federal holiday.

On Staten Island:  

31st Annual Richmond County Fair

Date:  September 4th-6th
                                        HISTORIC RICHMONDTOWN

Presented by Time Warner Cable, Historic Richmond Town will offer visitors a long weekend full of fun, food, crafts, old-time contests, and headline entertainment.

Visit my website for more places to visit on Staten Island.

 

 

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