Some Labor Day Trivia
I am a HUGE trivia nerd. I play trivia every week with some friends in Branford (and have been doing so for nearly 10 years!!) So, what better way to celebrate tomorrow than with some interesting facts. (Trivia taken from https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/g22851093/labor-day-facts/?slide=1 ) https://www.ibtimes.com/labor-day-trivia-facts-2017-9-fun-things-know-2585975 https://www.cnn.com/2013/06/14/us/labor-day-fast-facts/index.html https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/10-fascinating-facts-about-the-labor-day-holiday )
The first Labor Day celebration was a parade in New York in 1882 with 10,000 participants.
It first became a holiday in 1887, starting in Oregon.
Other countries celebrate International Workers’ Day, and it’s on May 1st.
It’s the third most popular day to have a barbecue (falling behind Memorial Day and 4th of July)
In the late 1800s, most Americans worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a WEEK. Kids under 10 worked as well! (Did you have to read The Jungle too? Too many body parts in machinery for me).
In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a national holiday
Hawaii and New York have the highest number of union workers. North and South Carolina have the lowest number (they are also right-to-work states which likely plays a role)
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of ‘hot dog season’ where Americans eat about 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial and Labor Day.
Put it back, hot dog season is over my friends.
The first labor union in the US was the National Labor Union, founded in 1866.
The ‘8-hour work day’ wasn’t established until 1916.
Buddy Holly was born on Labor Day in 1936.
The biggest union today is the National Education Association (NEA) with approximately 3 million members (active and inactive).