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Why We Celebrate Labor Day on Monday

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Happy Labor Day!  Did you know that one of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this holiday on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving?  Thanks to whoever came up with that idea!

And if you’re of a certain age, you were probably taught not to wear white (particularly shoes) before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.  Thankfully that trend appears to be dying out as more and more people now wear white year-round, rather than just in the summer months.

Here are some more Labor Day related fun facts:

  • In September 1883, New York workers staged a parade up Broadway to Union Square. Few, if any, workers got the day off. Most were warned against marching in the parade with the threat of getting fired. Despite the warning, more than 10,000 workers showed up for the march.
  • With 57 percent of Americans taking part, Labor Day is the 3rd most popular grilling holiday behind July 4 (71 percent) and Memorial Day (57 percent).
  • 10.3 million workers are self-employed. Another 5.9 million people work from home.
  • The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent). 
  • About 16.5 million commuters leave for work between midnight and 5:59 a.m., representing 12.4 percent of all commuters.
  • The average commute to work is 25.1 minutes. New York and Maryland have the most time-consuming commutes, averaging 31.4 and 31.3 minutes. About 3.2 million workers face extreme commutes to work of 90 or more minutes each day.

Despite rising gasoline prices, Labor Day travel is expected to be about 3 percent higher than a year ago.  So whether you hit the road for the final road trip of summer or celebrate Labor Day with a backyard barbecue with family and friends, enjoy the holiday safely!