Happy Labor Day Weekend from the crew at Montana Outdoor Radio Show! Don’t forget to listen to the show Saturday morning from 6-8am on your way to the outdoors. (for your local station click here) We thought you might like a little snippet of history to round out your Friday afternoon so here ya go:
Now days Labor Day, the first Monday in September, means a three day weekend at the end of the summer we can look forward to camping, fishing, and spending outdoors. But the origins of the holiday started as a celebration of the social and economic achievement 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.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and Territories in 1894. Nineteen years later the Department of Labor was organized and they are celebrating 100 years in existence this year.
So this year while you are out enjoying camping, fishing, and a day off work, remember the importance of American ingenuity and the working class, and enjoy your hard earned day off!