Happy Labor Day in the US. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Monday, September 5, 1882 to celebrate the contributions of the labor force to the strength and prosperity of our country. Labor Day is believed to have been proposed by one of two men: either Peter McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters or Matthew McGuire, a machinist.
Originally, Labor Day was celebrated with large parades, patriotic speeches, and employer or labor union-provided family picnics. Now the celebration to all but the service industries is getting the day off for a long weekend to celebrate however you wish.
In reality, Labor Day is often the last chance to go the lake, to the amusement park, or simply to stay at home in the back yard with family and friends, and let's be honest here, Labor Day is mostly about burning a few burgers on the grill while downing a case of beer.