Celebrating Labor Day

The first Monday of September is a day typically spent with friends and family to enjoy a day off work, but do you ever stop to think about what it is we’re celebrating? More than one final barbeque to signify the last days of summer, Labor Day is meant to recognize the labor movement of the late 19th century and the strides they made for this country.Man working on railroad

Upset with grueling hours, unfair working conditions, and miniscule wages - ten thousand workers marched the streets of New York City from City Hall to Union Square. Though unaware at the time, they were taking part in the very first Labor Day parade this country would see. Through this organized outcry, rules and regulations were put in place to improve the standards for labor jobs. This included shorter work hours, eliminating the use of child labor, and increasing pay. Through this, various industrial work was able to develop and expand into what would later be the stage for the Middle Class in America.

Now that we understand the background of Labor Day, what are some ways you can celebrate this historic holiday?

  • We the People – Make the most of community events going on in your area. Parades, picnics, flea markets, firework displays; see what your neighborhood has in store! Be considerate of others by not attending group events if you aren’t feeling well. Everyone deserves to be healthy, safe, and, most importantly, together.
  • 1 if by Land, 2 if by Sea – Get outside, no matter what that looks like to you! Enjoy some fresh air and take a walk through your local park or trails. Take advantage of the bodies of water that surround you; cool off from the September heat in a pool, pond, lake, creek – whatever you can find. However you have fun in the sun, don’t forget to protect your skin with some SPF!
  • All American BBQ – Nothing says summer party quite like a barbeque does, and who doesn’t love to indulge in a delicious meal. Firing up the grill doesn’t mean disregarding dietary preferences, either. Try expanding your menu to include grilling up some veggie dogs, corn cobs, and everything in between for all your guests to enjoy.

Don’t forget that Nichols will be closed for Labor Day – Monday, September 5th. Click here to check out our holiday delivery schedule!