Labor Day 2012

September 03, 2012 |

Labor Day is upon us once again.  It is a reminder that another summer is quickly reaching its end.  For many, especially those with children, it is the last chance for a vacation before the academic year begins.  It is quite apparent that family, friends and tourists have traveled here to take advantage of this holiday.  Of course, who can blame them?  Who wouldn’t want to celebrate in Paradise?

Unfortunately, there is still question as to who originally proposed this holiday.  Some think that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed it while serving as a secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York, in 1882. Others speculate that Peter J. McGuire, of the American Federation of Labor, first proposed it after witnessing the 1882 annual labor festival in Toronto, Canada.

Though the truth of who first proposed this holiday may never be known, the way in which we should observe this holiday certainly is.  This is because it was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday.  The proposal states that there should be a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength & esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” and a festival for recreation and amusement for the workers and their families.     

The first time Labor Day was celebrated was in New York City ’s Union Square on Tuesday September 5, 1882. However, the first state to pass it by law was Oregon in 1887.   Many states followed suit after this and it officially became a federal holiday in 1894.  

Many countries celebrated their labor day as May Day or International Workers Day on May 1.  President Grover Cleveland was concerned that the observance of Labor Day so close in date to the Haymarket Massacre (refers to the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago) would make the holiday an opportunity to commemorate the riots.  Therefore, the holiday was and is celebrated on the date that was originally chosen by the CLU of New York, the first Monday of September.

In conclusion, we here at Oceanfront Realty hope that everyone is and will continue to enjoy this Labor Day. We also urge you to remember that white clothing is now prohibited according to tradition (I’d like to see this enforced on a tropical island).  


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