For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?
Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
Wearing White: A tradition confusing Americans for years, abolishing white after Labor Day has two roots, according to Time magazine. One reason deals with summer fashion and keeping cool, while others speculate it was worn by “Americans well-to-do enough to decamp from their city digs to warmer climes for months at a time.
The “No White After Labor Day” rule, do you retire your whites after Labor Day?
Well I’m wearing white jeans today since it is not “after” Labor Day; tomorrow back to blue. (oh, sure!)
Not sure why the Times reporter didn’t do their homework, but not wearing white after Labor Day originates in the Navy. Labor Day marks when the Navy switches from dress whites to dress blues. They wear the dress whites in the summer as it is cooler, and wearing them after Labor Day can get you into big trouble.
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