Labor Day is always the first Monday in September, and is based on the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is meant to be a yearly, national tribute to the contributions made my workers for the well-being of our country.
Interestingly enough, more than one-hundred years have passed since the first Labor Day observance, and there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. The two names that seem to spark interest when it comes to the holiday dedicated to American workers are Matthew Maguire and Peter J. McGuire. Peter J. McGuire was actually the general secretary of Brotherhood of Carpenters. He also was a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, so there is no doubt he cared about workers and the amount of commitment they give to the well-being of our country. However, others believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, founded Labor Day. People believe that Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. It is pretty interesting that after all this time, we still are unsure of who really founded Labor Day, but we thank them anyways for workers being noticed for their hard work and achievements.
Did you know that other countries also have a Labor Day? Canada celebrates theirs on the first Monday of September, just like we do! More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1st annually. I am interested to know what your thoughts are about the father of Labor Day, who do you think it was? Share with me in the comments.
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