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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Published: 08/31/2017 By: Allegius

Published In: News

The History of Labor Day is founded by unions, parades and well, labor. In 1882, the unions of New York City decided to throw a parade to celebrate and show support for all unions. Ironically, the workers had to give up a day’s pay to attend but there was also a lot of beer being swilled so they were mostly ok with it.

Today, there are about 14.6 million union workers in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Labor Day was originally created by the U.S. labor movement to recognize American workers for their impact on the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. Without the workers, our country wouldn’t have been able to flourish as it did. Today, Labor Day signals the unofficial end to summer and the start of fall activities, such as back-to-school season.

Did you know that besides the historical fashion faux pas of wearing white post Labor Day, it also denotes the end of the hot dog season? According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs. Make sure to grab an extra pack for your weekend cookout and enjoy!

Monday, September 4, 2017, is the 135th official Labor Day in American history. Enjoy your BBQ, boats and gathering of friends and family, but remember that Labor Day marks an important moment in American history. We commemorate it with a day off from work and school in honor of those who gave us these opportunities to celebrate.

Don’t forget that Allegius Credit Union will be closed on Monday to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday with their families.  Visit any of our ATM locations for your banking needs over the holiday.  Find the ATM location nearest you.

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