The Interesting Origins of Labor Day

The Interesting Origins of Labor Day

The first Labor Day Parade, celebrated on September 5, 1882, happened in New York City. It was a tremendous event and came to a close at noon in Reservoir Park. While some parade participants went back to work, more than 25,000 people attended the post-parade party at Wendel’s Elm Park, located between 92nd Street and Ninth Avenue.

According to the Labor Department, there was a picnic, speeches, an abundance of cigars, as well as, lager beer kegs that were mounted in every conceivable location. The party is said to have gone on from 1p.m. until 9p.m. Imagine that!

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Interestingly enough, nearly 20 years before the creation of the Labor Department. Its purpose, as we all know, is to honor and celebrate the American Worker. Of those, according to the ATA, an estimated 3.6 million professional men and women, many of whom are essential workers, work to not only deliver our goods safely and on time, but to keep our highways safe as well.  

Labor Day also brings busier roads. Football season is gearing up and people are getting ready for the close of summer, which comes toward the end of September. There’s also that dreaded rule of not wearing white after Labor Day. Have you ever wondered why that was ever celebrated? According to Better Homes and Gardens, an elite group in the 1800s used fashion to separate those with money from those without. Believe it or not, a rule was established that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day if you didn’t have the money to take fall and winter vacations. How awful is that? This is exactly why there’s actually no reason we shouldn’t wear whatever colors we want, when we want.

This Labor Day, everyone at Millis Transfer, celebrates those that help to keep our country turning around. From the retail store employee to the truck driver, we realize the value in all that you do. If you’re ready for better working conditions, increased pay, better benefits, and more respect, then give us a call at 1-800-937-0880. Make this Labor Day the best day yet!!

About Millis Transfer

Millis Transfer, Getting It There © since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” and safety awards, two Best Fleet to Drive For nominations and recognition as a Certified Top Pay Carrier for more than 14 years. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., the company has grown to an 800+ truck carrier primarily operating east of the Mississippi River. Extra perks for Millis drivers include a maximum pay rate of 47-58cpm, beautiful and well- maintained equipment, as well as a long list of amenities and benefits.

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