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Happy Labor Day

Posted by BSMG on 1 Sep 2017

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. 

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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.

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