Labor Day 2019: History of the Holiday, Why We Celebrate It and What’s Open, Closed?
The first Monday of September is Labor Day in the U.S. Labor Day in 2019 falls on Monday, Sept. 2. This year observes the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being praised as a national holiday.
Labor Day, per the U.S. Department of Labor, celebrates the year-round endeavors of American workers who steadily add to U.S. society and the economy. As indicated by the Department of Labor, Labor Day is a “national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
The current year’s Labor Day, on Monday, September 2, denotes the 125th celebration of the government holiday. The history of the annual tradition dates back to 1894 when U.S. President Grover Cleveland made the festival a nationally perceived holiday.
History of Labor Day
In spite of the fact that Labor Day turned into a national holiday in 1894, it was seen by almost 30 U.S. states for years before this, recognizing the efforts of typically blue-collar laborers who worked extended periods for little pay in manufacturing jobs.
In the late 1800s, laborers in fields, for example, factory work, mills, and roadworks, started demanding better pay and working conditions, and this prompted an ascent in labor unions in the U.S.
The first Labor Day activity on record occurred in New York City on September 5, 1882. 10,000 workers participated in the first Labor Day parade when they took unpaid time off work to march between City Hall and Union Square.
A key occasion across the country recognition of Labor Day was the Pullman railroad strike in June 1894.
The strike was because of George Pullman, a railroad owner, cutting his workforce and slashing compensation in 1893. This prompted a boycott of railroad laborers that injured the traffic the nation over.
Protests by laborers in Chicago led President Cleveland to send troops to the state to implement a directive restricting strike activity. The violence that followed executed at least 30 individuals.
Who thought of Labor Day?
The accurate innovator of Labor Day is challenged.
Matthew Maguire, who was the Secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York, is frequently credited as the man who first set the possibility of a government holiday honoring America’s labor force. He is said to have recommended such a day after the accomplishment of the first-since forever labor workers’ parade in New York in September 1882.
In any case, a man called Peter J. McGuire, VP of the American Federation of Labor, is likewise credited with Labor Day. He is professed to have mooted the thought in 1882 and proposed it be held on the first Monday in September due to great weather and in light of the fact that it would fall halfway through the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving on the calendar.
Are markets open on Labor Day – ShopRite, Acme, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods?
Truly, all significant supermarkets in New Jersey – including ShopRite, Acme, Kings, Lidl, Aldi – are accessible for your shopping needs on Labor Day. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods clients can likewise head to their local stores.
Are major retailers like Walmart, Costco, Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s open on Labor Day?
For a minute ago Labor Day shopping, Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s are all open on Monday and have Labor Day sales running all the end of the week.
Costco, be that as it may, is shut – one of seven holidays when the warehouse-style store closes down for the afternoon.
Is there mail delivery on Labor Day? Is the post office open?
The U.S. Postal Service won’t deliver mail on Labor Day. Delivery will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Post offices are closed.
The remaining holidays without mail this year are Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Will FedEx get or drop off packages?
No. FedEx Custom Critical is your only alternative on the holiday.
What about UPS?
Probably not. The only service UPS offers on Labor Day is its Express Critical service.
Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices open?
No, you can’t register a car, renew a driver’s license or get a vehicle reviewed at any MVC office on Monday. A considerable lot of those services can be gotten to online, however.
There are 12 MVC holidays this year.
Are courts or other government offices closed, as well?
Labor Day is a government and state holiday. Therefore, all courts and government offices are closed.
Are the stock markets open on Labor Day?
All major U.S. markets are closed. There will be no trading at the New York Stock Exchange on Labor Day. NASDAQ is additionally closed.
Are banks open on Labor Day?
Anticipate that banks should be closed since they typically follow the schedule of federal holidays.
What’s NJ Transit’s schedule on Labor Day?
Trains will follow a holiday schedule. Bus schedules change by route. While some will follow a Saturday or Sunday schedule others will be on a holiday plan.
When does summer truly end?
While some consider Labor Day as the end of summer, it doesn’t really finish up for an additional three weeks.
The fall equinox arrives Sept. 23 at 3:50 a.m.