Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? 

In the late 1800s at the peak of the Industrial Revolution here in the U.S. it was not uncommon for the average person to work 12-hour days, seven days a week and that was just enough to get by with their basic living needs met. In some states children as young as five or six years old would work in mills and factories earning a fraction of what the adults would be paid. The working conditions were unsafe, with poor air quality, sanitary facilities and no breaks were given during working hours.

In the 18th century we began to see labor unions standing up for the hard-working Americans. They organize strikes and rallies to protest the unacceptable conditions that employers kept. On September 5th, 1882 history was made when 10,000 works took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, which was the very first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

The first Monday in September honors the contribution and achievement to the American Worker, and began an official federal holiday in 1894. We have come a long way since the days of labor strikes and rallies, but we are proud of our history and even more proud of the legacy of our fellow American’s who paved the way for our future.

On September 5th when you are enjoying your hard-earned day off, please take a moment to remember why we celebrate Labor Day, and those who made this day possible. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and safe holiday celebration! Melissa Dierks

Melissa Dierks
The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
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