Labor Day Page!
(Source: U.S. DOL
- The History of Labor Day)
"Labor Day differs in every essential way from
the other holidays of the year in any country. All
other holidays are in a more or less degree connected
with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of
strife and discord for greed and power, of glories
achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is
devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or
-- Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the
American Federation of Labor.
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day
should take were outlined in the first proposal of the
holiday -- a street parade to exhibit to the public
"the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and
labor organizations" of the community, followed by a
festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers
and their families.
This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor
Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced
later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and
civic significance of the holiday.
True, things have changed these days with Labor Day being
celebrated with the civic events usually associated with
national holidays in America. But behind all the usual
fun and fiesta of a national holiday, the Day has a
spirit is to pay a national tribute to the contributions
workers have made to the power and prosperity of America.
Yes, that is what Labor Day stands
We hope you'll enjoy your visit to Homespun's new page to
honor Labor Day and those who labor to make our country
Whether your plans for this 'end of summer' holiday
weekend include getting together with family and friends
for a backyard barbecue, or perhaps taking advantage of
the extended weekend for a last camping trip before fall
the men and women who made that folding chair you're
sitting in, the checkered tablecloth under the fried
chicken platter, and even the can or bottle of something
cold in your hand, and say, THANKS!
Do We Celebrate Labor Day?
History of Labor Day
Origins of Labor Day
Labor Day Parades
Labor Day Picnics
(& Picnic Recipes)
back to Homespun-Country Kitchen.
page was last updated November 10, 2004.