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Happy Labor Day from BHM Healthcare Solutions!

Labor Day is here, the last three day holiday when you can take the time to enjoy the summer weather before Fall officially begins.  From all of us at BHM, we want to wish our clients, friends, family, and fantastic social media followers a wonderful Labor Day!

About Labor Day

Each year, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. It is the one day of year Americans celebrate their achievements in work, which the US Department of Labor says has contributed to prosperity and well-being of America as a whole. Americans have been celebrating Labor Day since the 1880s, and today it is an official federal holiday.

Interesting Facts About Labor Day

  • Every year, more than 30 million Americans travel over Labor Day weekend.
  • Canada was the first to celebrate Labor Day, and the US soon followed.
  • President Cleveland made Labor Day and official US holiday in 1894.
  • Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and NCAA sports seasons for fans.
  • Labor Day marks the end of hot dog season, when Americans consume seven billion hot dogs.

A Few More You Might Not Know About Labor Day

Labor Day is a well-loved holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada. It’s a day dedicated to honoring the contributions of workers and the labor movement. While many people associate Labor Day with the end of summer and barbecues, there are some fascinating facts about this holiday that you might not be aware of.

Happy Labor Day

Let’s dive into a few of them:

1. Origins in the Labor Movement: Labor Day was inspired by the labor union movement and the struggle for workers’ rights. It was first celebrated in the late 19th century as a way to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of laborers.

2. First State to Recognize Labor Day: Oregon was the first state to officially recognize Labor Day as a holiday in 1887. It quickly gained popularity, and the federal government made it a national holiday just a few years later.

3. The Timing of Labor Day: Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. This date was intentionally chosen to provide a holiday midway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving, creating a long weekend for workers.

4. White Clothing Tradition: Labor Day was traditionally seen as the end of the summer season, and people adhered to a fashion rule that you should not wear white after Labor Day. While this custom has faded, it remains a curious aspect of the holiday’s history.

5. More Than Barbecues: While barbecues and picnics are popular Labor Day activities, many people also use the day for relaxation and reflection. It’s an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.

6. Celebrated Differently Around the World: While Labor Day in the U.S. is typically associated with parades, in other countries, it’s celebrated differently. For example, in Canada, it’s known as Labour Day and often involves labor union parades and picnics.

7. The “Unofficial” End of Summer: Labor Day is often considered the unofficial end of summer. Many schools start their fall terms right after this holiday, and pools and recreational areas often close down for the season.

These are just a few intriguing facts about Labor Day that make this holiday more than just a day off work. It’s a time to appreciate the history of the labor movement and the significance of workers’ contributions to society. So, as you enjoy your Labor Day festivities, take a moment to reflect on the origins and meaning of this special day.

Again, we want to wish our clients, friends, and social media followers a Happy Labor Day!  We hope that you enjoy your day.

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