In the United States, today is a holiday — Labor Day, an official holiday since 1894, when President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement after the violent Pullman Strike and, in an effort to avoid further conflict, rushed the holiday proposal through Congress and into law six days later.
Today, of course, few people know the origin of this national holiday. For most Americans, Labor Day is viewed as the ceremonial end of summer; one final, glorious three-day weekend to swim, grill, play, and relax before schools, jobs and ministries ramp up. There is no real break between Labor Day and Thanksgiving; by then the football and Christmas shopping seasons are in full swing, the air has cooled, the leaves have turned, and the days have grown short.
I will be spending the day enjoying a variety of recreational activities: sleeping in, going for a run, attending not one but two — count ’em — pool parties that may get rained out, maybe throwing a football or taking the dog for a walk. I hope you enjoy whatever you have in store for today, even if your Labor Day plans include actual labor at your usual job. Tomorrow we are all back at it.
How are you celebrating Labor Day?