10 facts you probably didn’t know about Labor Day
Today is the Labor Day in America, and we made a poster for this occasion. It’s always good to enrich your general knowledge with new information, so we gathered a list of 10 facts you probably didn’t know about this day.
- We are celebrating the contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
- In the late 19th century, the average working day consisted of 12 hours.
In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks.
Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.
- No one knows who started it. There is still some doubt as to who is actually the first person to propose the holiday for workers.
- First US Labor Day observance was in the form of a parade
- One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
- There’s usually some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.
- Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season’s Black Friday.
- Some of those who are employed in the retail sector not only work on Labor Day, but work longer hours.
- In high society, Labor Day is considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white.
- Held on a Tuesday, the first Labor Day rally was held in order to gain support for the 8 hour workday.