I hope you are enjoying this beautiful holiday weekend. It’s a bittersweet time of year, with Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer. To many of you, it means getting ready for back-to-school, hosting that last barbeque party or getting in one more road trip for the season. To the business community, it generally means the relaxed summer mood is now over, Friday is once again a full 8-hour day, and it’s time to get back into the normal swing of things. And of course to our accountants, it means the September 15th deadline is only 8 days away.
Labor Day is a federal holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in September. Here are a few more things about Labor Day you might not know:
- The first Labor Day observance was believed to have been a parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, organized by the Central Labor Union. 10,000 workers marched in the parade up Broadway.
- By 1893 more than half of the states were observing Labor Day and a bill to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday was introduced in Congress.
- On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law an act making the first Monday of September Labor Day, a federal holiday.
- Labor Day is the third most popular holiday weekend for barbecuing, after July 4th and Memorial Day.
- Labor Day is the official end to hot dog season. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, hot dog season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
- Labor Day is often referred to as the ‘unofficial end of summer’. Officially, summer extends through late September. This year, the first day of fall will be September 23rd.
- 99.44 percent of the time, the NFL plays its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day. This year, the Steelers and Patriots (with Tom Brady) play on September 10th.
Good #funfacts about Labor Day! Please be sure to take a well-deserved break and enjoy these last days of summer, appreciating all the things you have labored so hard to achieve. We recognize it is our dedicated staff who work hard throughout the entire year, helping put our firm, our clients and our communities in a position of strength.