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What is Labor Day?

By Laura Strachan, Esq. on September 03, 2010 2:48 PM

Labor Day is upon us, and in addition to making extended weekend plans and enjoying a day off work, the national holiday is also a time to celebrate the contributions workers have made to building the United States. The holiday, which is the first Monday of September, is marked by closed courts, schools, and workplaces.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the holiday is, "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country." The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City, and it became a national holiday in 1884.

Labor Day is often marked by parades, speeches, and other celebrations. And for sports fans, the Labor Day marks the beginning of the professional and college football seasons. The American workforce is also strengthened by champions for employment rights. Labor laws, labor unions, and litigation all has its place in securing the rights of working Americans.

One negative side effect of people taking advantage of the holiday -- the yearly increase in accidents. Drunk driving numbers rise on almost every holiday, and labor day is no exception. The law also does not give an exception to offenders cited on the holiday. And no, the police do not take the day off from enforcing the laws. So thank you to all the people out there who work hard every day to help make the country a better place to live, and be safe in your celebrating.

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