Labor Day Weekend is upon us, a holiday which many anticipate for it’s three day long weekend and special events. However, while it is nice to relax, Labor Day was started over a hundred as more a celebration for American workers. Check out a brief history of this beloved national holiday below, brought to you by the International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre at Cherry Hill.
History of the Holiday
It is well documented that the Central Labor Union of New York City held the first celebration of a ‘Labor Day’ on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. This idea of having a “workingmen’s holiday” began to slowly spread across several states over the next ten or so years. On June 28, 1894, Congress made Labor Day a legal national holiday. The act of Congress declared that the first Monday of September would hereby be Labor Day, “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” – quote from the US Department of Labor (DOL)
Interestingly enough, there is some debate about who actually came up with the idea of Labor Day. It is said that the holiday’s inception may have come from Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor; while others believe it was actually Matthew Maguire, a machinist, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., who proposed the holiday. Currently historians seem to be leaning towards Matthew Maguire, but this may just remain a mystery without further proof!
Spend Labor Day Weekend with ISC!
Join us for this wonderful holiday weekend one of the following days:
Friday, Sept. 4th: Family Fun Night 5-7:30PM & Teen Scene 7:30-10PM
Saturday, Sept. 5th: Super Saturday 12-4:30pm
Sunday, Sept. 6th: Sunday Funday 12-4:30pm
New Jersey’s ISC Cherry Hill hopes that you and your family has a safe and fantastic Labor Day Weekend! Don’t forget to come skate with us!