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
on Tuesday September 5, 1882. However, the first state to pass it by law was
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
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).