In the middle of March I wrote a super successful post about the history and origin of St. Patrick’s day. I wanted to research it because honestly I didn’t know anything about it. Yet I was dressing Morgan in green head to toe! That post ended up launching a series of posts after I received multiple comments to create a post for each holiday. I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway. What a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. You can read all of the past posts below:
I learned so much from doing these posts, and I found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Significance Of Labor Day To Your Toddler. It’s such an interesting and dubious part of American History that we should all learn about. Here are the top 5 things that I have learned about the significance of Labor Day that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google. As always Google was able to steer me in so many fascinating directions while researching this history. I had no idea that the pioneers of Labor Day were so committed to making the experience of being an American worker a safe, secure and protected one.
- The first Monday in September is when we celebrate Labor Day in the United States. However that date was not the original intent of many of the individuals pioneering the labor movement in the last 1800’s.
- Originally Labor day was to be a united celebration in the United States and in Europe known as May Day. A celebration of the working class. However the first unofficial May Day was a tainted one, it was marred by strikes, uprisings and bloodshed which led to the hanging of four radical labor leaders for heinous crimes.
- Because of the bloodshed on May Day and subsequent strikes and uprising in the following years including the infamous Pullman (Railroad) Car Company strike in 1894, President Grover Cleveland decided to take the idea of Labor Day and more specifically the eight-hour day movement (which advocated for eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation, and eight hours of rest) and create a day that payed tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. He moved the celebration from May to September. And officially recognized it as a federal holiday that same year in 1894.
- To this day there are disputes about who actually proposed the idea of an official Labor Day. The Department of Labor credits two people with coincidentally similar last names: Peter J. McGuire and Matthew Maguire with having suggested the holiday. Peter J. McGuire is known as the “father” of Labor Day and of May Day. Also known as the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Matthew Maguire was a New Jersey born machinist, who proposed to the Central Labor Union the creation of the Labor Day holiday in 1882.
- Before the adoption of the eight hour day movement employers could make their employees work endless hours in a day without any regulation. We have so many pioneers to thank for our modern day 8 hour work days!
I feel much better knowing the history of this meaningful and important celebration. I hope you enjoyed learning about How To Explain The Significance Of Labor Day To Your Toddler. It really is an interesting history. Thank you for reading, and enjoy your long weekend!!!