Today known mostly for Labor Day sales, the first Monday in September is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of this country. Today, the holiday is mostly known for an extended weekend when families take the last vacation of the summer as well as for Labor Day sales utilized by marketers to unveil the biggest and best year-end deals. But this was not always the case.
The first Labor Day took place in 1882, when the Central Labor Union organized a parade of unions in New York. Workers participating in the event lost a day’s wage and because of this, only a handful of workers chose to march in the parade. However, by the end of the day, more than 10,000 workers had joined the march. The Central Labor Union urged labor organizations across the country to also ban together to celebrate a “workingman’s holiday.” And by 1885, Labor Day was recognized in most industrial cities across the United States. In 1887, Oregon passed the first state law to recognize Labor Day as a holiday. During that year four additional states also helped form the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. But it was not until 1894 that Congress passed an act to make the first Monday of every September a national holiday.
Today, the original meaning of Labor Day seems faded and most people use the long Labor Day weekend to take vacations, plan picnics, host an end-of-summer barbeque, and go shopping. After all, who can pass up all of those Labor Day sales, with items anywhere from 50% to 80% off? One can hardly open a website, mobile app, email, or newspaper without seeing some sort of Labor Day sale promotion, Labor Day coupons, Labor Day incentives programs, or Labor Day customer appreciation events. In 2011, Yahoo reported that searches for “Labor Day weekend” grew 1,889% and that “Labor Day sales” was one of the major search terms. And for a good reason: an analysis of online ads for various holiday sales found that the average Labor Day sale was 48.4 percent off, compared to between 41 and 42 percent for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
River Dentistry joins the new Labor Day sales tradition with three great Labor Day specials that are bound to make your smile healthier and brighter too:
So how will you celebrate Labor Day? No matter what you do or where you go on the first Monday of September, just remember that our Labor Day Sales deals will expire in one month. Our dental office will be closed for Labor Day. We’ll re-open Tuesday, September 8th, but you can make appointment for you and your friend online today!