As you’re aware, today is Labor Day in the United States. I’m having a traditional cookout at the farm with family and friends from Everett Public Library, featuring a homegrown and smoked Turkey! I’ll try to post some pictures on the blog later.
But why does a small business owner celebrate Labor Day? And why do we celebrate on the first Monday of September, when much of the world chose May 1st?
I’ve been working in the wedding industry for about 7 years and performing as Santa Claus for almost 11 years. In both roles, I work for myself. But that’s only the last decade!
Before that, I worked in a job for wages like most people. And, like many people, I enjoyed the benefits of collective bargaining. Regular time off, paid sick time, medical benefits…none of those came ‘free’. Left to the goodness ofcorporate managerial hearts, we probably would still have twelve-hour work days, six-day work weeks, and no health care at all. I respect the labor pioneers who thought of, and fought for, these things we take for granted now.
Labor Day, a holiday celebrated in many countries around the world, holds a rich history and continues to have a significant influence on society. This day serves as a tribute to the contributions and achievements of workers globally.
The origins of Labor Day date back to the late 19th century, when labor movements fought for better working conditions, fair wages, and shorter work hours. We celebrated the first Labor Day in the United States on September 5, 1882, to honor the American labor movement and its impact on society.
Throughout history, Labor Day has played a crucial role in shaping labor laws and worker’s rights. It has served as a platform for workers to voice their concerns and advocate for change. This holiday is not just about appreciating hard work, but also reflecting on progress in worker’s rights..
Even though we celebrate Labor Day with parades and picnics, it’s important to remember its meaning. We remember the struggles faced by workers in the past. It encourages us to continue striving for fair treatment and improved working conditions.
Labor Day stands as a testament to the perseverance and dedication of workers worldwide. Its influences extend beyond just one day of celebration; it serves as an ongoing reminder that every individual’s contribution deserves recognition and respect.
Think about it, though. Labor Day is all about recognizing and honoring workers’ contributions to society. And what better way to do that than by acknowledging those who bring us nourishment and sustenance? The farmers who toil under the sun and rain, cultivating crops that end up on our tables.
But let’s not stop there – let’s have some fun with it too! Harvest-themed activities can add an extra layer of enjoyment to our Labor Day festivities. From corn mazes to apple picking adventures, there are plenty of ways to embrace the spirit of autumn while paying tribute to our hardworking farmers.
So as you fire up that grill or grab a cold beverage on Labor Day, take a moment to appreciate how integral the harvest is in making this celebration possible. And maybe even raise a toast (or two) to those who make sure we never go hungry. Cheers!