Many people think of Labor Day as a long weekend full of BBQ’s and “Labor Day Sales” at their favorite department store.
But that wasn’t always how Labor Day was celebrated. According to the United States Department of Labor, the first proposal of the holiday in 1882 was “a street parade to exhibit to the public ‘the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations’ of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.” 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Wendel’s Elm Park in New York City and celebrated with speeches, picnics, and concerts.
And although the celebrations have changed, the spirit of Labor Day is to pay tribute to the creator of this nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership – the American Worker.
Here’s how you can give back this Labor Day weekend:
- Donate Blood - especially with Hurricane Harvey hitting the Houston area, Blood banks are in dire need of help. Find a blood drive here.
- Volunteer for the AARP Foundation. Help Seniors who are no longer able to work or provide for their family by giving them a helping hand.
- Be thankful. Labor Day is not labor-less, and many people will continue to work throughout the holiday weekend.
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