Did you know tht before Labor Day was an official US holiday:
- the average American worked 12 hour days, 7 days a week?
- children as young as 5 or 6 years old worked in mills, factories and mines across the country?
- people of all ages faced extremely unsafe working conditions with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks?
Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, and other public gatherings. For most children and young adults the holiday represents the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. When our children ask what we are celebrating on Labor Day, don't forget to tell them a little bit of history. Yes, Labor Day does falls at the end of summer and the beginning of the school year, but it also a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well being of our country. What will you tell your children about Labor Day this year?