A wonderful day of the year designed to honor those who work, Labor. The picnic part of the holiday seemed to have started in the mid 1880's in Minnesota with laborers join together for a day. The idea for the Laborer's Day seemed to have originated with 9 tailors in Philadelphia, PA. This has been a national holiday since 1894 when Congress declared it so. The event of Labor Day was declared just 6 days after 34 strikers at the Pullman Strike, under the leadership of Eugene Debs, were shot by U.S. Infantry troops brought in to control/end the strike.
To many people this day signals the last day of Summer. Pools close, schools open, white shoes must be stored, and the fall events begin.
Whichever event you are celebrating today have a safe, happy, holiday. Enjoy your Labor Day.