Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was laying off workers.

While many of us think of Labor Day as a day off work (for some) and school, the holiday can be traced back to an organized parade in New York City in 1882. Union leaders organized this “monster labor festival” which encouraged workers to surrender a day’s pay to join the rally. Initially few people showed up but by the end of the day people began flowing in from across the city, and by the end of the day some 10,000 people had marched in the parade and joined festivities afterward in what the press dubbed “a day of the people.” But Labor Day didn’t become a national holiday for more than a decade. Under President Grover Cleveland, and amid growing awareness of the labor movement, the first Monday in September became a national holiday in 1896.

Americans celebrated the Labor Day holiday with a parade, picnics and fireworks. However you spend Labor Day, remember that the holiday is a time to pay tribute to the workers who have made America what it is today.

Glades Gas honors it’s employees that help carry on Great GrandDaddy McCarthy’s vision.