The History of Labor Day and How to Not Labor Twice as Hard the Day After

History of Labor Day

How great is Labor Day? It’s the “Good job!” to you from Uncle Sam for the contributions you’ve made during your working hours to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the United States.

Here’s a little about the history of Labor Day, along with some tips to keep you from working twice as hard when you return from your day of rest. (How ironic would that be?)

Why do we have Labor Day?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City in tribute to workers' contributions to their country. Two years later, the Central Labor Union selected the first Monday in September and urged similar organizations in other cities to celebrate the American labor movement.

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday by law in 1887 (Thank you, Oregon!), and in 1894, it was officially made a federal holiday.

Years ago, Labor Day was filled with parades, festivals and speeches. Today, the hard-working American typically celebrates by simply relaxing.

Before you pack up for the long weekend …

To make sure that everyone will continue to regard you as a hard worker while you enjoy your well-deserved day off, follow these four tips:

  1. Plan accordingly. To keep from adding stress to your work life, refrain from scheduling anything important the Friday before Labor Day or the Tuesday you get back, if possible.
  2. Prioritize. Set goals for what you want to accomplish before Labor Day and what can wait until you get back to work.
  3. Decide on your connect-ability. Stay unplugged on Labor Day as much as possible. But if you must be reached, decide how and by whom.
  4. Make a checklist. Free yourself from worry by writing down what you will take care of when you return to work.

How will you celebrate Labor Day? Let us know in the comments section.

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