Not only is Labor Day to honor working people, it’s also a reminder that summer is slowing ending. To head into the long weekend, here are 7 interesting facts about Labor Day that could surprise you!
Fact# 1: The first Labor Day occurred on September 5, 1882 in New York City.
Fact# 2: Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday in 1887.
Fact# 3: The holiday’s origins stem back to the 1800’s when the average American worked 12-hours a day, 7-days a week. Children ages 5-6 worked in factories and mines.
Fact# 4: People avoided wearing white clothing after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.
Fact#5: It’s the unofficial end of Hot Dog season; The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs.
Fact# 6: Labor Day celebrates a LOT of people.
Fact# 7: It takes U.S. workers about 25.4 minutes to get to work, according to an NBC news.