Happy Labor Day!
It's starting to feel like Fall in Rhode Island! We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day and a great holiday weekend. We'll be back in the office on Tuesday.
Did you know?
- For many, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer.
- The first Labor Day parade in the United States was held on September 5th, 1882, with approximately 10,000 NY workers participating. The participants were on unpaid leave.
- Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century!
- In many other countries, May Day (May 1st) is the day working people are honored. Most of Europe celebrates May Day.
- The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.
- In 1894 President Grover Cleveland and the US Congress make it a national holiday.
- Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.