Like many other things in 2020, Labor Day is looking a little different this year. Although most of us will still be receiving a much-needed three-day weekend, our celebrations may not be like they have in years past. Unfortunately, we may have to forgo our annual parades, big family barbecues, or last big summer vacation. However, there is one thing that will remain true this year: the spirit of the American worker. No matter what’s going on in the world around us, the work ethic and innovation of every worker in this country deserve an extra long weekend to relax.
At Johnson Service Group, we have the privilege of working with talented, hardworking professionals in over a dozen industries. We are honored to help great people like you achieve your career goals. We want to take a moment to express our gratitude to our contractors and partners, both past and present. Thank you for all of your hard work and the contributions you make for our country. There are many distractions out there right now, but it’s essential to keep the spirit of Labor Day going strong. Today is about YOU, and we hope you have a fun and safe holiday.
A little background on the history of Labor Day
Labor Day is much more than BBQs and the unofficial end of summer – it’s a holiday celebrating the great contributions, achievements, and innovations of the American worker.
The origin for Labor Day is a little contested; but the first celebration can be traced back to 1882 when Matthew Maguire, a machinist in New Jersey, proposed the holiday to the Central Labor Union. However, Labor Day didn’t become a federal holiday until June 28, 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday. It took 12 years and 23 different states to adopt this holiday for the federal government to recognize Labor Day. Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September and has similar origins to the American holiday.
Fun fact: Oregon was the first state to pass the holiday as state law on February 21, 1887.
Again, from everyone at Johnson Service Group, we wish you a happy Labor Day!